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Railroad Telegrapher 

VOL. XXXV. 1918 

I^iblished at St. Louis, Mo. 


The Order of Railroad Telegraphers 


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Ac<'idents. Reports of 1015, 1294 

Agreement Between Canadian Railway 
and The Railroad Labor Organiza- 
tions Iua7 

A- F. of Li. Convention, The 869 

American Labor Baclc of War 5f)l 

Appeal. An Urgent 737 

Arbitration Case, Baltimore and Ohio^ 

9, 135, 316. 442. 738 

Award, The 1411 

Birthday, Our ^721 

Board of Adjustment, An Additional 1414 

Board of Adjustment No. 1, Canadian 

Railway 1419 

Board of Adjustment No. 3, Menjbers of 

Railway 1564 

Board of Directors, Report of 722 

Canadian Railway and The Railroad 
T.Abor Organizations, Agreement Be- 
tween 1007 

Commercial Telegraph Wires. Govern- 
ment Control of 867 

Conferences Between the General Chair- 
men and President , 1137 

Court Decisiort, An Important 1013 

r>ennocracy or Destruction 1291 

Eig^hl Hour Law for Telegraphers, 

Hearings Pertaining to 14 

Elections, O. R. T. Division 1562 

Emancipation, The 299 

Express Question. The 1417 

Gompers* Visit to American Wounded. . .1422 

Mooney Case, The Famous 129 

New Order of Things, The 3 

Orfiranization, Necessity for Continued.. 7 

Pension Fund, The 425 

Prixe Contest, The 13, 318. 886, 1288 

Railroad Labor Organizations, Agree- 
ment Between Canadian Railway 

and the 1007 

Railroad Wa^e Commission Hearings — 

123, 301, 427, 586. 1137, 1283, 1536 
Railroad Wage Commission's Reconx- 

mendations and Our Protest 577 

Request for Further Increases in Wages 

and Improved Conditions 1006 

Safety Rally Address 1010 

Telegraph Men Wanted 1423 

Train Dispatchers 1284 

Tnlled States Railroad Administra- 
tion 882. 1289 

Workers, The 1424 


Allegiance. Pledging 894 

Authors as PYIends 156 

Billy's Tenderfoot 1307 

Crowned 30 

Dangers of Doris, The 1032 

MISCELLANY— Continued 


Denver Special's Doom, The 749 

Detective, Tim Grogan 153 

Dobley's Lost Trunks 1436 

Engine, The Lost 458 

Faith, The Army of 1485 

Flyer, The White 331 

Hobo, The. 603 

Holdup of No. 8, The 149 

Home. Why British Workman Defends 

His 894 

Humors of War 151 

Ingenious Methods 32 

Lightning's Flash. The 29 

Mistakes. Making • 334 

Operator's Story, The 898 

Pride 334 

Quick Wit 753 

Raise for Railroad Employes 1212 

Right Miss Dent, The 1572 

Sanline's Cross Order 1569 

Second Seventy-Seven 455 

Soldier, Be a 155 

Soldiers, Feeding the 1211 

Telegraph. Birthday of 752 

Trapped by Telegraph 329 


Briefs 19. 142, 320, 446. 594, 742, 

887, 1022, 1207, 1298, 1425, 1565 


Facetious 37. 157. 336. 463. 609, 

766, 902, 1039, 1314, 1441. 1578 


Fraternal 44. 166. 343. 471, 616. 762. 

907. 1044, 1213, 1321, 1447. 1584 


Grand Division 111. 289, 415. 565, 711, 

867. 993, 1125, 1280, 1.398, 1521, 165S 


Indies' Auxiliary- 26. 147, 326, 452. 

601, 748. 893. 1029, 1305. 1133 


Our Correspondents 39. 159. 338, 465. 

611. 758, 904, 1041. 1316, 1443. 15S0 


Personal Mention 24. 145, 324, 450. 

508. 746. 891, 1027. 1209. 1303, 142!) 


Poetical 36, 156. 335. 462. 60S. 

755. 901, 1038. 1313, 1440. l.'>77 

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Vol. XXXV 

JANUARY, 1918 

No. 1 



The New Order of Things 

By H. B. PERHAM, President 

WOODROW WILSON, President of the United States, has by virtue 
of law taken possession and assumed control of the railroads, 
effective at 12:00 o'clock noon, December 28, 1917. As far as 
railroad employes are concerned a new order of things commenced on that 
date. It is reasonably expected that the Congress will strengthen the 
President's hands by suitable enactments, but the character and scope of 
such enactments are intangible subject floating about in the blue ether at 
the time this is written. Whatever may betide it is reasonable to suppose 
that matters will be on the upgrade as far as our membership is concerned 
and that many of our long standing grievances will be abated and eventually 

While we stand at the threshold of the new era, eagerly anticipating 
what fate may have in store for us, let us review what was accomplished 
during the year 1917, after thirty years of getting ready. 

Contrary to expectations, all records were excelled during the year 
1917. It was supposed that the war would have an adverse influence and 
that the pace we have kept up for many years past would be slackened. 
But such, happily, was not the case. The fighting spirit now in evidence 

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all over the world reached into the towers, 
offices, stations and places where our mem- 
bers are employed, and there appeared a 
general resistance to the unjust conditions 
that have prevailed there for many years 
past. The increases in wages in other lines 
of employment, the constantly increasing 
cost of living necessities, the rise in rents, 
and many other influences made it well nigh 
impossible to proceed along the old lines, 
and those who had found it convenient to 
work all day and every day for a bare sub- 
sistence were at last stirred into resistance. 
The result is that 130 new and revised 
schedules have been accomplished during 
th6 year with only one lockout strike to mar 
the record. 

Following is a list of railroads where 
new and revised schedules have been se- 
cured : 

Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo, January 1st. 

Big Four, January 4th. 

Canadian Northern (Western Lines), 
January 8th. 

Express Agents Can. Northern, January 

Grand Trunk Pacific, January 13th. 

Denver & Rio Grande, January 23d. 

St. Louis Southwestern, January 30th. 

Wheeling & Lake Erie, February 1st. 

Quincy, Omaha & K. C, February 8th. 

New York, New Haven & Hartford, 
February 9th. 

Missouri & North Arkansas (new), Feb- 
ruary 19th. 

Central of New England, February 22d. 

Chicago & Alton, March 1st. 

Toledo & Ohio Central, March 3d. 

Boston & Maine, March 3d. 

Chicago & Northwestern, March 14th. 

Queen & Crescent, North (C. N. O. & T. 
P.), March 19th. 

Queen & Crescent, South (N. O. & N. E.), 
March 23d. 

Lake Erie & Western (Vol.), March 25th. 

Zanesville & Western, March 28th. 

Ann Arbor, March 30th. 

Kansas City Southern, April 1st. 

Minneapolis & St. Louis, April 6th. 

Clover Leaf, April 6th. 

C, St. P., M. & O., April 9th. 

St. Louis, Brownsville & Mexico, April 

Chicago. Terre Haute & S. E., April 12th. 

New Orleans, T. & M. (new), April 16th. 

Detroit, Toledo & Ironton, April 16th. 

Pittsburg & Lake Erie, May 1st. 

Bessemer & Lake Erie, May 3d. 

Western Maryland, May 3d. 

Norfolk & Western, May 4th. 

New York, Ontario & Western, June 1st. 

Buffalo R. & P., June 2d. 

Southern Pacific (Atlantic System), June 

Missouri Pacific, June 13th. 

Cincinnati, Indianapolis & Western (new) , 
June 15th. 

Grand Trunk Ry., June 15th. 

Central Vermont (new), June 15th. 

Chicago Great Western, June 28th. 

Quebec, Montreal & Southern, June 30th. 

Napierville Junction Ry., June 30th. 

Chicago & Eastern Illinois, July 2d. 

Rutland R. R., July 7th. 

Edmonton & Dunnegan (new), July 14th. 

Delaware & Hudson, July 14th. 

C. I. & L. (Monon), July 14th. 

Cent. Can. Exp., E. & D. Ry. (new), 
July 14th. 

Pere Marquette, July 16th. 

Kanawha & Michigan, July 17th. 

Union Pacific, July 18th. 

Atlanta, Birmingham & Atlantic, July 

Chesapeake & Ohio, July 19th. 

Boston & Albany, July. 

Chicago, Peoria & St. Louis. July 30th. 

Maine Central, August 6th. 

Southern Ry., August 11th. 

Canadian Northern, Eastern Line, Au- 
gust 13th. 

Halifax & Southwestern, August 14th. 

Tennessee Central (new), August 15th. 

Southern Express Co., M. & 0. (new), 
August 18th. 

Southern Express Co., So. Ry. in Miss, 
(new), August 18th. 

Southern Express Co., Danville & West- 
ern (new), August 18th. 

Southern Express Co., Georgia & Florida 
(new), August 18th. 

Southern Express Co., Augusta Southern 
(new), August 18th. 

Southern Express Co., N. O. & N. E. 
(new), August 18th. 

Southern Express Co., Ala. G. S. (new), 
August 18th. 

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Southern Express Co., C. N. O. & T. P. 
(new), August 18th. 

Southern Express Co., Southern Ry., 
August 18th. 

Southern Express Co., S. A. L., August 

Southern Express Co., A. C. L., August 

Southern Express Co., Nor. Ala., August 

Southern Express Co., G. S. & P., Au- 
gust 18th. 

Southern Express Co., Cent, of Georgia, 
August 18th. 

Southern Express Co., A. B. & A., Au- 
gust 18th. 

Southern Express Co., C. & W. C, Au- 
gust 18th. 

Southern Elxpress Co., Norfolk Southern, 
August 18th. 

Oregon Short Line, August 27th. 

Trinity & Brazos Valley, August 28th. 

Western Pacific September 1st. 

Bangor & Aroostook, September 12th. 

K, C, Mexico & Orient, September 12th. 

Virginian Railroad, September 13th. 

Texas & Pacific, September 14th. 

Chicago, Terre Haute & Southwestern, 
September 20th. 

Evansville & Indianapolis, September 23d. 

Southern Express Co., Norfolk & West- 
cm Ry., September 26th. 

Northern Pacific, September 28th. 

Erie Railroad, September 29th. 

New York, Susquehanna & Western, 
September 29th. 

Quebec Central, September 29th. 

Canadian Pacific, October 3d. 

Buffalo & Susquehanna, October 5th. 

Boston & Maine, October 18th. 

Boston Terminal, October 23d. 

Wabash, October 24th. 

Atlantic Coast Line, October 26th. 

Central Vermont, October 30th. 

C R. I. & P., October 31st. 

Hocking Valley, November 1st. 

Qover Leaf, November 1st. 

Gulf, Mobile & Northern, November 5th. 

Bessemer & Lake Erie, November 5th. 

Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac, 
November 7th. 

Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul, Novem- 
ber 13th. 

Illinois Central, November 15th. 

Intercolonial Railway, November 17th. 

Esquimalt & Nanaimo, November 17th. 

International & Great Northern, Novem- 
ber 18th. 

Missouri & North Arkansas, November 

Chicago, Burlington & Quincy, Novem- 
ber 22d. 

Mobile & Ohio, November 27th. 

Seaboard Air Line, November 28th. 

Central of Georgia, December 11th. 

Danville & Western (new), December 

Southern Pacific (Pacific System), De- 
cember 12th. 

Winnipeg Terminals (new), December 

Canadian Government Railways, Decem- 
ber 13th. 

Canadian Northern (Western Lines), 
December 13th. 

Northern Pacific, December 21st. 

Ulster & Delaware, December 22d. 

Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo, December 

Baltimore & Ohio, December 24th. 

Staten Island Lines, December 24th. 

Soo Line, December 24th. 

Chicago & Eastern Illinois, December 

Georgia Southern & Florida, December 

Chicago & Northwestern, December 28th. 

Minneapolis & St. Louis, December 28th. 

With the object of making the comparison 
clear to all, we furnish a list of the number 
of schedule negotiations successfully com- 
pleted in each year since the organization 
became active. It is as follows : 


















. 78 
. 42 
. 59 
. 54 
. 44 
. 19 
. 84 

Each and every one of the schedule ne- 
goiations carried increases in the wage rate 
running from 7 to 32 per cent, but calculat- 
ing by averages does not help the situation. 
It is a play in mathematics that does not re- 
lieve want. 

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There was much of comfort and value 'n 
the rules and fairly good progress was 
made in that direction. When the eight- 
hour day becomes general, proper compen- 
sation arranged for Sunday and holiday 
work, and our men are relieved from carry- 
ing the mail through the streets, the ques- 
tion as to rules will be well on the way 
to satisfactory settlement. 

Since the New York Central Lines arbi 
tration case in the year 1916, the movement 
for pay for Sunday work has gained im- 
petus throughout the United States. In 
Canada, where the Sabbath observance is 
more general, the practice of minimizing 
Sunday work and paying for it at in- 
creased rates wherever such duties are ab- 
solutely necessary, has been in eflFect for 
years past. 

The railroads where pay has been secured 
for Sunday work may be enumerated, in 
part, as follows: 

Baltimore & Ohio. 

Bay of Quintie. 

Canadian Pacific. 

Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific 

Canadian Northern . 

Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul. 

Chicago & Northwestern. 

Chicago, Burlington & Quincy. 

Chicago & Eastern Illinois. 

Dominion Atlantic. 

Grand Trunk. 

Grand Trunk Pacific. 

Halifax & Southwestern. 

Illinois Central. 

Intercolonial Railway. 

Michigan Central. 

Maine Central. 

Minneapolis & St. Louis. 

New York Central, Lines West of Buffalo. 

New York, Chicago & St. Louis. 

Northern Pacific. 

Pere Marquette. 

Quebec Central. 

Staten Island Lines. 

Southern Pacific (Pacific System). 

Soo Line. 

Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo. 

All these rules in regard to Sunday pay 
diflFer in one respect or another; some pay 
double the regular rate, others pay time 

and one-half, some at agreed overtime rate 
per hour, others at the regular pro rata 
rate. In some the same rate is provided 
for holidays as well as Sundajrs. 

On a great many other railroads not in- 
cluded in the foregoing list the hours of 
service on Sundays have been lessened and 
the validity of the principle thereby ad- 
mitted but they are so far from being 
satisfactory that they may be regarded as 
beino* only in a transitory stage. 

The eight-hour day is beginning to be 
established by contract for all classes 
represented by our organization, such prom- 
inent roads as the Norfolk & Western, 
Chesapeake & Ohio, Seaboard Air Line, 
Central of Georgia, Virginian and the 
Southern Pacific (Pacific System) have 
recently secured that measure of justice. 
Numerous roads have conceded the eight- 
hour day for continuously operated and 
relay offices, but that question is not satis- 
factorily settled until the man on the one- 
man job is included. 

We quote a few of the rules that have 
been agreed to respecting carrying the 
mails .through the streets : 

Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific : "At any 
office where the United States mail is 
alleged to be excessive or for any other rea- 
son a telegrapher considers himself over- 
worked and complaint is made to proper 
officer, a prompt investigation will be held 
at that station, at which he may have the 
general or local chairman present, and if 
the complaint is well founded, relief will 
be granted." 

Illinois Central: "At stations where the 
United States mail is so heavy as to require 
additional expense to handle same, the com- 
pany will assume the expense." 

Chicago & Alton: "At any office where 
the United States mail is excessive, or for 
any other reason, a telegrapher considers 
himself overworked and complaint is made 
to the proper official, a prompt investiga- 
tion will be held at that station, at which 
he may have a co-employe of his choice 
present, and if the complaint is well 
founded relief will be granted." 

Oregon Short Line : "Same as Chicago & 

Southern Pacific (Pacific System) : "If 
on any trick at any station United States 

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mail exceeds 500 pounds, or twenty 
pouches, sacks, or pieces per day, based on 
an average of thirty days, telegrapher on 
that trick will not be required to handle.** 

Central of Georgia: "At stations where 
United States mail is extremely heavy, and 
the agent has no help, the company will 
consider the advisability of relieving him 
of handling such mail, where it is found 
burdensome for him to do so.** 

Train dispatchers generally are getting 
their bearings on the subject of organiza- 
tion, and on many roads they haVe found 
it to be to their advantage to affiliate with 
the telegraphers they work with and joined 
the Order of Railroad Telegraphers. The 
result is that their wage scales have been 
adjusted and agreed to, advantageous work- 
ing roles formulated and adopted, and their 
grievances satisfactorily settled on sev- 
eral important railroads, among which may 
be enumerated the Canadian Government 
Railways, Canadian Pacific, Canadian 
Northern, Chesapeake & Ohio, Dominion, 
Atlantic, Grand Trunk Pacific, Intercolo- 
nial, Michigan Central, Norfolk Western, 
Seaboard Air Line, and there are many 

The story of advancement has only been 
told in part, but taking the statements 
herein at their face value it must be ad- 
mitted by all that the Order of Railroad 
Telegraphers has done a public service of 
inestimable value in that the work has been 
accomplished without clash, friction or 

Now that the Government of the United 
States has taken possession and assumed 
control of the railroads, we may reason- 
ably expect that our working conditions 
will be equitably arranged, because the 
President has publicly promised fair treat- 

A proper method of representation, such 
as the Order of Railroad Telegraphers 
affords, will be an absolute necessity un- 
der Government control the same in the 
future as in the past. 

Those who have withheld their member- 
ship on account of coercion, intimidation, 
brow-beating, fear of discrimination, or for 
other reasons, may brush all such consider- 
ation aside and without any sort of mis- 
giving join hands with their fellow work- 

ers for the good that is to come. If there 
is any road left unorganized and minus a 
schedule and wage scale by the end of the 
year 1918 the men will have only them- 
selves to blame. 

President Wilson, in his speech at the 
Buffalo convention of the American Feder- 
ation of Labor last year said, "Everybody^ 
on both sides has now got to transact busi- 
ness, and a settlement is never impossible 
when both sides want to do the square and 
right thing. Moreover, a settlement is al- 
ways hard to avoid when the parties can 
be brought face to face. I can differ from 
a man much more radically when he is not 
in the room than I can when he is in the 
room, because then the awkward thing is 
he can come back at me and answer what I 
say. It is always dangerous for a man to 
have the floor entirely to himself. There 
fore, we must insist in every instance that 
the parties come into each other's presence 
and there discuss the issues between them 
and not separately in places which have no 
communication with each other." It is 
not recorded that our President had it in 
mind at that time that a few weeks after he 
would take possession and assume control 
of all the railroads in the United States, 
but that has happened. The way is now 
clear for the men on railroads where their 
committees have been refused admittance 
and their organization ignored. 

As to the partiotism of the telegraphers 
as a class, they are 100 per cent citizens, 
thousands of them have left home for the 
trenches, both from Canada and the 
United States. That those who remain be- 
hind will loyally assist their Government 
in the fight for democracy and justice needs 
not to be promised or even written, it has 
already been demontratod and proven in a 
thousand different ways. 


IN urging better conditions of employ- 
ment and higher wages for postofHce 
employes, the following, from the 
Cleveland Press, may be of vital interest to 
our members, for since the Federal Govern- 
ment has taken possession and assumed 
control of the railroads of the United States 
a large number of our craft may be of the 

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opinion that labor's troubles will cease and 
every grievance will be remedied and ad-, 
justed. However, while many difficulties 
will be more easily overcome, it is necessary 
to have an established and eflFective organi- 
zation to cope with the situation and right 
matters in the proper way : 

"When a living, breathing human victim 
of injustice knocks very often at your 
front door, sometimes as often as twice a 
day, you are pretty near the Hun class if 
you sit back in solid comfort and refuse to 
be interested." 

"Does it ever strike you," says this paper, 
"that if great injustice is being done these 
faithful fellows, it's because of your indif- 
ference, your absorption in self? 

"Now, don't try to dodge the responsi- 
bility. Don't try to satisfy yourself that 
it's up to Congress. It is your Congress, 
your money, your employes, nobody else's, 
and so the whole responsibility is yours. 

**You have given them one increase in 
forty years — just ten years ago, when a 
dollar would go twice as far as it does now, 
as you well know. Their minimum wage 
is $2.22 per day, the maximum $3.33, or 
much less than you'll have to pay to get 
ordinary ditch diggers. And, at that, your 
postal employes have to work, on the aver- 
age, nine years to get that maximum. 

"While your postal employe is off duty 
through illness he is also off the pay roll. 
You grant him no pension. You make him 
buy his own uniform, the cost of which has 
advanced 50 per cent since you gave him 
that raise ten years ago. You make him 
work long hours of overtime, but pay him 
the regular hourly wage for it. You work 
him so much nights that he has to sacrifice 
his social life with family and friends. 
When he has loyally stuck by the job for, 
say, forty years and becomes unfitted for 
anything else, you 'turn him out to grass* 
himself, exclusively, to find the grass. 

"That's the way you've been treating 
your postoffice clerks and letter carriers. 
And, last year, your postoffice department 
returned you a net surplus of $5,827,236.07 !" 

For years the postal employes have been 
endeavoring to effect an organization that 
could assist them in securing redress of 
their grievances, and since their affiliation 
with the American Federation of Labor, ex- 

tra efforts have been put forth during: the 
past few months to complete their organi- 
zation. Postmaster-General Burleson has 
objected to the activity displayed, as the 
following excerpt from President Gomper's 
letter indicates: 

"Postmaster-General Burleson conceives 
it to be his duty to run the postoffice de- 
partment as a money-making institution 
instead of an agency to render service to all 
of the people. He outlined policies for the 
postoffice department of the worst corpora- 
tion kind, seeking to show balances at the 
end of the year with no thought or care for 
the human needs or aspirations of those 
employed. Protest against this policy has 
come from the postoffice employes who 
stand for the humanization of work and 
hold that public undertakings must be con- 
ducted with regard to human interests, even 
at the expense of profits. 

"In his annual report Posmaster-General 
Burleson recommends the repeal of the law 
that gave postal and other government em- 
ployes the right to maintain their own or- 
ganizations in furtherance of the interests 
of members, free from the domination of 
department heads, and also restored to them 
their constitutional right of direct petition 
to Congress. This law, known as the anti- 
gag law, was enacted by the sixty-second 
Congress and approved by the President. It 
was secured only after a hard fight Be- 
fore its enactment government employes 
had no way to present wrongs and secure 
redress of grievances. The law gives these 
employes the rights of free men and women. 
All liberty-loving men will insist upon re- 
taining those rights. 

"The association of the postal employes 
with the American Federation of Labor is 
purely a voluntary one. These men have 
come forward voluntarily in recent years in 
large numbers to become identified with the 
labor movement. This indicates only too 
well that working conditions for them are 
not as ideal as the postmaster would have 
the public believe. These workers have 
the right— yes, it is a public duty — to organ- 
ize and make known their grievances to 
their employer — ^the American people — so 
that an aroused public opinion can speedily 
correct any administrative defects that may 
be harmful to the workers and the service. 

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*To deny the right of workers in our 
largest govenmienta] agency to organize is 
to make a mockery of our faith in democ* 
racy. If autocracy is harmful to the morals 
of our alien enemies abroad, then let us not 
introduce a species of it into our largest 
federal institution by attempting to disfran- 
chise industrially the army of postal work- 


"At a time when governmental activities 
are being extended into every industry con- 
nected with the successful prosecution of 
the war and thousands of workers are 
either already in the government service 
or potentially government employes, it is 
important that their right to organize and 
to petition Congress be not interfered with. 
We can conceive of nothing more harmful 
to the necessary extension of government 
control and regulation at this time than 
the adoption of the Burleson idea of our 
government in its capacity of an employer. 

"The A. F. of L. stands prepared today 
to back up its position of 1906, when it 
fought for the rights of the government 
employes. We differ from Mr. Burleson in 
bis view that the anti-gag law has oper- 
ated to build up organizations of employes 
that are a menace. We fear that the men- 
ace lies, not in the employes' organizations 
but in the denial to citizens of fundamen- 
tal rights. 

"Remember Mr. Burleson, that we are 
not operating under a kaiserdom such as 
exists in Germany, but in accord with the 
spirit and the genius of our free republic.** 

The foregoing proves conclusively that 
federal control and possession will not les- 
sen the need of a thoroughly established 
organization of our craft. 

The Order of Railroad Telegraphers con- 
tinues to see an important work ahead of it. 


ONE of the chief objections urged 
against submitting labor disputes to 
arbitration has been the delay caused 
in preparing the case, arranging the arbi- 
tration board, time occupied in hearings, 
and then a long wait for the award, which 
might be favorable or otherwise. With the 
object of ascertaining whether or not it was 

feasible to shorten the time taken up in 
such proceedings, new tactics were recently 
employed in the controversy between the 
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and the teleg- 
raphers, levermen, agents and towermen in 
its employ. 

After several months devoted to direct 
conferences and mediation proceedings un- 
der Federal Statute, it was eventually 
agreed to submit the two most important 
questions to arbitration. 

Mr. Commissioner Hanger was success- 
ful in bringing about a settlement of fifteen 
points in the controversy by means of medi- 
ation, but those relating to Sunday pay and 
a general increase in wages refused to re- 
spond to his expert treatment, and they 
were submitted to a Board of Arbitration. 

The mediation conferences ended on De- 
cember 11, 1917, and arbitration of the two 
remaining questions was agreed to, and the 
employes named their members of the arbi- 
tration board on the same day. 

The company acted just as promptly in 
naming its members, and the first meeting 
of the four representatives took place in 
Baltimore on December 14th. They failed 
to agree on the selection of two neutral 
members, and on December 15th they wired 
the United States Board of Mediation and 
Conciliation to that effect 

On December 18th the two neutral mem- 
bers were appointed, thus completing the 

On December 20th the hearings com- 
menced and the employes completed their 
statement and closed their side of the case 
the same day. 

On December 21st the company com- 
menced and ended its statement, and after 
final statements in the way of a general 
summary from both sides the hearings were 

It had been previously agreed between 
the two parties that each side should put on 
the stand but one witness, and that there 
should be no cross-examination by counsel 
although both witnesses might be interro- 
gated by members of the board. 

The award was handed down on the 
evening of December 24th, and this, we 
believe, constitutes a record showing for 
speed, celerity and directness in such mat- 

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A statement containing the award fol- 

In the Matter of the Arbitration Between 
the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Com- 
pany and the Telegraphers, Levermen, 
Agents and Towermen in the Employ 
of Said Railroad Company. 


The Board of Arbitration, consisting 
of Francis E. Leupp, George H. Camp- 
bell, F. E. Blaser, J. J. Dermody, J. F. 
Miller and Charles A. Woods, appointed 
by the authority of the act of Congress 
approved July 13, 1913, as recited in the 
agreement to arbitrate entered into by 
the respective parties December 11, 1917, 
and also by the letter of appointment of 
the Board of Mediation and Conciliation 
of December 12 and December 17, 1917, 
met in the United States Circuit Court 
room in the Federal Building, in the City 
of Baltimore, State of Maryland, Decem- 
ber 20, 1917, and organized by electing 
Charles A. Woods, chairman, and Fran- 
cis E. Leupp, secretary. 

The board held public meetings on 
December 20th and 21st, during which 
the respective parties without objection 
adduced their testimony and filed sundry 
exhibits and other papers for the infor- 
mation and guidance of the boards and 
after hearing the 'arguments of coun- 
sel on both sides, the board took the 
matter in controversy into executive con- 

The questions submitted to the board 
were as follows: 

"1. All salaries shall be based on the 
actual days of each month exclusive of 
Sundays. Employes will not be required 
to work on Sundays except when abso- 
lutely necessary to protect the company's 
interest. When required to work on Sun- 
day, they will be so advised on the pre- 
ceding Saturday. Employes required to 
report for duty on Sunday shall be paid 
for such service on regular overtime 
basis. The hours required to work on 
Sunday shall be within the regular daily 
established hours of the employe af- 
fected. Any employe's trick split more 
than twice on Sunday, the employe shall 
receive pay for the entire day. The 
above to apply to both road and relay 
positions covered by the schedule. 

"2. An increase in wages of 20 per 
cent in the aggregate over the present 
rates of pay at all positions specified in 
the present wage scale effective August 1, 
1916, and such additional positions as are 
included in the revised wage scale, same 
to be apportioned as may be mutually 

agreed upon between the representatives 
of the company and the committee repre- 
senting the employes." 

After due consideration of the evi- 
dence and argument, the board hereby 
concludes and announces its award as 
follows : 

"The award of this board is that the 
following be substituted for the first 
proposition submitted: 

"When employes are required to vrork 
on Sunday they will be so advised on the 
preceding Saturday. Employes required 
to report for duty on Sunday shall be 
paid for such service at the regular pro 
rata rate based upon calendar month, 
such pay to be in addition to their regu- 
lar monthly wages. 

"The hours of work required on Sun- 
day shall be within regular daily estab- 
lished hours of the employe affected. If 
any employe's trick is split more than 
twice on Sunday, employe shall receive 
pay for the entire day. The above is to 
apply to both road and relay positions 
covered by the schedule. 

"It is awarded — 

"That the second proposition be 
adopted; witli the substitution of 10 per 
cent for the 20 per cent proposed in the 

(Signed) C. A. Woods, 

Francis E. Lbupp, 

J. F. M'^^ 

J. J. Dermody, 
Geo. H. Campbell, 
F. E. Blaser.* 

Two of the members of the board filed 
their dissent as follows: 

"We, the undersigned arbitrators, dis- 
sent from that part of the award which 
granted to telegraphers pro rata pay for 
Sunday work in addition to their regular 
monthly wages, believing that conditions 
of employment do not justify imposing 
such a burden on the railroad company. 
Under present arrangements the men are 
given fifteen days* vacation annually with 
full pay and 75 per cent of them have an 
eight-hour day. This award assures them 
the equivalent of approximately sixty- 
five days' pay per annum in addition to 
their regular wages. 

(Signed) Geo. H. Campbell, 
F. E. Blaser.'' l 

In testimony whereof, witness our sig- 
natures this 26th day of December, 1917. 

C A. Woods, 
F. E. Blaser, 
FRANas E. Leupp, 
Geo. H. Campbell, 
J. F. Miller, 
J. J. Dermody. 

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For the benefit of those who may wish 
to porstie the subject further, we print the 
truiscript of the hearings, although the 
bearings consumed less than two days they 
are too voluminous for one issue, and neces- 
sarily they will have to be continued in our 
next Committemen who read the proceed- 
ings may find something that may repay 
them for their time. 


This agreement, made and entered into 
this 11th day of December, 1917, between the 
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company, party 
of the first part, and the committee repre- 
senting its telegraphers, party of the second 
part, witnesseth: 

First : The parties hereto mutually agree 
that the matters in dispute between them, 
as hereinafter stated, shall be and are 
hereby submitted to arbitration under the 
provisions of the act, approved July 15, 
1913, entitled "An act providing for media- 
tion, conciliation and arbitration between 
certain employers and their employes." 

Second : There shall be a Board of Arbi- 
tration, consisting of six members, to be 
named and selected as provided in said act. 
In case the arbitrators appointed by the 
respective parties fail to select the neutral 
arbitrators or either of them within two 
days after their first meeting, and shall re- 
port to the Board of Mediation and Con- 
ciliation that they can not agree upon the 
neutral arbitrators and shall request the 
board to immediately appoint such neutral 
arbitrators, it is mutually agreed that the 
Board of Mediation and Conciliation may 
then and at once appoint the neutral arbi- 
trators without waiting for the expiration 
of the fifteen days named in the act. 

Third: That the questions to be sub- 
mitted to said Board of Arbitration for 
decision are as follows : 

1. All salaries shall be based on the 
actual days of each month exclusive of 
Sundays. Employes will not be required to 
work on Sundays except • when absolutely 
necessary to protect the company's interest. 
When required to work on Sunday, they 
will be so advised on the preceding Satur- 
day. Employes required to report for duty 
on Sunday shall be paid for such service on 

regular overtime basis. The hours re- 
quired to work on Sunday shall be within 
the regular daily established hours of the 
employe affected. Any employe's trick split 
more than twice on Sunday, the employe 
shall receive pay for the entire day. The 
above to apply to both road and relay po- 
sitions covered by the schedule. 

2. An increase in wages of 20 per cent 
in the aggregate over the present rates of 
pay at all positions specified in the present 
wage scale effective August 1, 1916, and such 
additional positions as are included in the 
revfsed wage scale, same to be apportioned 
as may be mutually agreed upon between 
the representatives of the company and the 
committee representing the employes. 

Fourth: That a majority of said board 
shall be competent to make a valid and 
binding award. 

Fifth: That the said board shall com- 
mence its hearings, which shall be held at 
the city of Baltimore, Md., within ten days 
after the appointment of the arbitrators 
necessary to complete the board, as above 
to be constituted. 

Sixth: That said board shall make and 
file its award within thirty days from the 
beginning of its hearings. 

Seventh: It mutually agrees that the 
award made by said board on the first of 
the questions enumerated in the third stipu- 
lation of this agreement shall become 
effective from the date of the award, and 
that the award made by said board on the 
second of the questions enumerated in the 
third stipulation shall become effective from 
September 1, 1917, and that the same shall 
continue in force for one year from the 
date of the award, and thereafter, subject 
to thirty days' notice, by or to said rail- 
road, but such notice may be given before 
the expiration of said year. 

Eighth: That the respective parties to 
the award will each faithfully execute the 

Ninth: That the award and the papers 
and proceedings including the testimony re- 
lating thereto, certified under the hands of 
the arbitrators, and which shall have the 
force and effect of a Bill of Exceptions, 
shall be filed in the clerks' office of the 
District Court of the United States for the 
District of Maryland, and shall be final and 

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conclusive upon the parties hereto, unless 
set aside for error of law apparent on the 

Tenth : That any difference arising as to 
the meaning or the application of the award 
made by said board shall be referred back 
to the board for a ruling thereon, which 
ruling shall have the same force and effect 
as the original award; and if any member 
of said board is unable or unwilling to 
serve, another arbitrator shall be named in 
the same manner as such member was orig- 
inally named. 

Signed on behalf of the party of the 
first part by J. M. Davis, vice-president of 
the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, and on be- 
half of the party of the second part by 
J. Yeager, General Chairman of the Teleg- 
raphers* Committee the day and year first 
above written. 

For the railroad : 

(Signed) J. M. Davis, 

For the employes: 

(Signed) J. Yeager, 
General Chairman Telegraphers* Committee. 

In the Matter of the Arbitration 


The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company 


The Committee Representing Its 

December 17, 1917. 
• In the above-named controversy, the con- 
tending parties having agreed to submit the 
matters in dispute to a Board of Arbitra- 
tion of six members, as appears from their 
written agreement of December 11, 1917; 

And the railroad having named as its ar- 
bitrators Mr. George H. Campbell and Mr. 
F. E. Blaser, and the telegraphers' com- 
mittee having named as their arbitrators 
Mr. J. J. Dermody and Mr. J. F. Miller ; 

And the four arbitrators so named hav- 
ing failed to agree upon the remaining ar- 
bitrators necessary to complete the Arbitra- 
tion Board and having so notified the 
United States Board of Mediation and Con- 
ciliation ; 

Now, therefore, by virtue of the authority 
conferred by the Act of Congress, ap- 

proved July 15, 1913. the United Sutes 
Board of Mediation and Conciliation have 
selected and appointed and do hereby ap- 
point as the arbitrators to complete the 
Arbitration Board 

Hon. Charles A. Woods 

Mr. Francis E. Leupp 
who, together with the arbitrators named 
by the respective parties, will constitute the 
Board of Arbitration provided for in said 

(Signed) Martin A. Knapp, 
Chairman, United States Board of Media- 
tion and Conciliation. 

In the Matter of the Arbitration 


Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company 


The Order of Railroad Telegraphers. 

Room 305, Federal Building. 
Baltimore, Md., December 20, 1917. 

Hon. Charles A. Woods, Mr. Francis 
E. Leupp, Mr. J. J. Dermody, Mr. 
J. E. Miller, Mr. F. E. Blaser, 


Mr. C. J. Crawford, Chief Bureau 

Rates of Pay, for the Railroad. 
Mr. H. B. Perham, President of The 
Order of Railroad Telegraphers, 
for the Telegraphers. 
At 10:00 o'clock a. m. the board held an 
informal meeting, and the following pro- 
ceedings occurred: 

Mr. Crawford: Judge, one of our arbi- 
trators in this case. Mr. George H. Camp- 
bell, is on a delayed train coming from 
Louisville. He should have arrived about 
8:25, but we understand he won't get in 
Washington until about 10:(X) o'clock, and 
will not be over here until about 11 :00, 
and we would like to ask for an adjourn- 
ment until, say, 2 :00 o'clock this afternoon, 
if it suits the board. 

Mr. Woods: All the arbitrators are 
agreeable to that ; so it will be noted in the 
minutes that we met at 10:(X) o'clock 
one of the arbitrators was delayed by the 
non-arrival of a train, and that the Board 

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of Arbitration adjourned then, at the re- 
quest of the railroad, until 2:00 o'clock. 

(Whereupon, at 10:00 a. m., an adjourn- 
ment was taken until 2:00 p. m.) 

In the Matter of the Arbitration 


Baltimore & Ohio Railroad G)mpany 


The Order of Railroad Telegraphers. 

Room 305, Federal Building. 
Baltimore, Md., December 20, 1917. 
2:00 p.m. 

Hon. Charles A. Woods, Chairman; 
Mr. Francis E. Leupp, Mr. J. J. 
Dcrmody, Mr. J. F. Miller, Mr. 
F. E. Blaser, Mr. George H. Camp- 


Mr. J. M. Davis, Operating Vice-Presi- 
dent, Baltimore & Ohio Railroad 
Company, and 
Mr. C. J. Crawford, Chief Bureau 

Rates of Pay, for the Railroad. 
Mr. H. B. Perham, President of The 
Order of Railroad Telegraphe-s, 
for the Telegraphers. 


Mr. Leupp : I suppose the first thing we 
are called upon to do is to organize and 
elect a chairman, and I would suggest and 
move that Judge Woods be invited tn act as 

Mr. Dermody : I second the motion. 

(Judge Woods was unanimously elected 

The Chairman: Gentlemen, I suppose 
the first business will be for the arbitrators 
to file their appointments with the secre- 

Mr. Secretary, those are the designations 
of the two neutral arbitrators. (Handing 
papers to secretary.) 

Gentlemen, I suppose the first step to be 
taken, will be the statement of the ques- 
tions involved, and the position to be taken 
by the telegraphers in the matter. Then we 
will hear the statement of the views of the 

railroad on the subject, and after that the 
testimony, if that is agreeable to those who 
are interested. 

Mr. Davis: Mr. Chairman, I may say 
that Mr. Perham, representing the teleg- 
raphers, and I, representing the Baltimore 
& Ohio Railroad, have verbally agreed — I 
will ask Mr. Perham to confirm this state- 
ment — ^that in this arbitration each side will 
have one of its persons present in the case 
and file the exhibits, confining the arbitra- 
tion to one witness on each side, and we 
have agreed verbally that we would not do 
any cross-questioning whatever. 

Mr. Perham: If I may be permitted, I 
appear for the telegraphers employed by the 
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company. My 
name is H. B. Perham, President of The 
Order of Railroad Telegraphers. The 
agreement was that we would present our 
case through a witness; so it is our inten- 
tion to put a witness on the stand to pre- 
sent our case, and not to cross-examine any 
witness. That is my understanding of the 
way the agreement was made between Mr. 
Davis and myself. 

(To be continued.) 


IN an endeavor to reach our sixty 
thousand goal, and in order that the 
efforts of members in securing new 
applications may be rewarded, a prize con- 
test has been inaugurated which will be 
be in progress from January 1 to December 
31, 1918, and members participating therein 
will be required to adhere to the following 
rules and regulations; otherwise credit will 
not be granted : 

It will be necessary for each member 
claiming credit to have secured the peti- 
tion personally, and not through anyone 
else. The purpose of the prize contest is 
to inspire individual effort; therefore, 
transfer of credit for securing new mem- 
bers from one contestant to another will 
not be permitted. 

To the member securing five or more 
new members during the year 1918, and 

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who fails to secure any of the other prizes 
oflFered herein, will be given one of the 
official emblem rings. 

To the member securing ten or more 
new members during the period named 
herein will be given free dues in the Order 
for one year, their dues being paid by 
the Grand Division. 

To the member securing fifteen or 
more new members during the year will 
be given a specially made emblem watch 
charm or $15.00 in cash. 

To the member securing twenty or more 
new members during the period named will 
be given a fine solid gold watch chain, or 
$20.00 in cash. 

To the member securing twenty-five or 
more new members during the period 
named will be given a solid gold watch 
to cost not less than $50.00, or $50.00 in 

To the member securing forty or more 
new member during the year 1918 will 
be given a solid gold watch to cost not 
less than $75.00, or $75.00 in cash. 

To the member securing fifty or more 
new members during the period named will 
be given a solid gold watch to cost not less 
than $100.00, or $100.00 in cash. 

The individual member securing the 
greatest number of new members during 
the year 1918 will be given $150.00 in cash. 

The division reporting the greatest num- 
ber of new members during the year 1918 
will be awarded $150.00 in cash. 

In the forecfoing contest, secretaries and 
officers of divisions, and all other members 
receiving salaries or expenses, or both, for 
their services, are barred from participation. 

In securing new members, it "will be 
necessary to immediately forward the 
Grand Secretary and Treasurer a notice 
to the effect that a new application has 
been secured, and unless that is done, credit 
will not be allowed; neither will credit be 
granted where a member permits his list 
of new applications to accumulate and does 
not notify this office until some months 
afterward or until the close of the contest. 
This office must be notified at the time the 
new member is secured, and the form of 

notification should read something like the 
following : 


C B. Rawlins, 

Grand Secretary and Treasurer, 
St. Louis, Mo.: 
I have today secured the petition for 

membership of 


collected $ , and have forwarded the 

petition and money to Bro. , 

Secretary and Treasurer Div. No 

Please credit me with this petition on 
prize contest. 


Cert. No Div. No 


THE hearings which have been pub- 
lished in The Telegrapher in serial 
form for several months, have 
clearly shown that this organization, through 
its executive officers, has exerted every effort 
at its command in an endeavor to do every- 
thing possible to secure an eight-hour day 
for all telegraphers and telephoners, not 
only by agreement with the management of 
1 ailroads, but by legislation. There is much 
interesting testimony offered by various wit- 
nesses before this committee, but lade of 
space prevents continuing the article after 
this issue; therefore, am submitting Presi- 
dent Perham's closing remarks on this sub- 
ject before the Congressional Committee. 

(Continued from page 1761, December issue.) 
Further Statement of Mr. H. B. Perham, 
President Order of Railroad Telegra- 
phers, Star Building, St. Louis, Mo. 
Mr. Perham: Mr. Chairman, it seems 
necessary to make reply to some of the 
matters that have been brought forward 
in the hearing this afternoon. I am sure 
I am very gratified to hear from the gentle- 
men representing the railroads, how well 
the nine-hour law suits their purposes. I 
remember that in 1907 everybody seemed 
to be very much opposed to that enactment, 
but it seems that the situation has changed 
and that everybody is now in favor of a 
law that they then opposed. In regard to 
the minimum fines that we mentioned this 
morning in our testimony about and which 

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we filed an exhibit, I may say that those 
figures were obtained from the Interstate 
Commerce Commission, and that anyone in- 
terested may find out the name of the rail- 
road and the district court in which the 
cases were tried. We preferred not to bring 
the precise details of those matters into the 
testimony this morning for reasons of pol- 
icy. I will say that the effect of those 
decisions was that the United States had 
no cause for appeal when a decision was 
rendered fixing the penalty at 1 cent per 
count. If the decision had been adverse to 
the United States there would have been 
grounds for appeal. As the decision was 
in favor of the United States there was no 
ground for appeal. I might say that that 
was a very expensive proceeding for the 
people to send their attorneys to those dis- 
tricts where the violation occurred, to 
gather their witnesses and pay them, and 
that after a corporation is foimd guilty and 
fined 1 cent per count it turns this law into 
a farce. 

Mr. Faulkner : Then do you not suppose 
that the costs were paid by the railroad even 
on the 1-cent penalty? They made the rail- 
roads pay all the costs, did they not? 

Mr. Stevens: They paid just the legal 

Mr. Perham : I am speaking of the cost 
to the people of sending attorneys from 
Washington, D. C, to this place where the 
trial was had. That is paid by the people 
and it costs money, and or course this had 
a discouraging influence on other parties in 
bringing suits tmder this law when they see 
that is the result after all the labor, trouble 
and expense. 

Mr. Cullop: Let me ask you, were the 
fines assessed against the roads or against 
the person controlling the roads, the 

Mr. Perham: Against the railroads in 
every instance. 

Mr. Cullop: Is there any provision — I 
do not recall it — as to whether the officials 
should be fined or the railroads should be 

Mr. Perham: There is no provision of 
the kind. The road is responsible for the 

Mr. Cullop : Do you not think that ought 
to be amended so that the men responsible 
for the action should be punished and not 
the corporation? 

Mr. Perham: I do not, for the reason 
that it would be very difficult to locate the 
person who was directly responsible for the 
violation of law. I remember that there 
was a question put to some witness this 
morning in regard to that, and it was al- 
ways supposed that a railroad official was 
the cause of the violation. I have reason 
to believe that is not the case, that it is 
probably the gentlemen who own or control 
the road that cause the violation. 

Mr. Cullop : And therefore if you should 
make the person whose duty it is to make 
provisicm for the men or the appliance the 
punishable one, do you not think that would 
remedy the matter ? 

Mr. Perham : May I state that that par- 
ticular subject has been gone over pro and 
con a great many times, and it was the 
usual consensus of opinion that it was so 
really difficult to find and locate the person 
upon whom justifiably to attach the blame 
that that was not thought to be feasible, 
that a railroad employe has to obey orders, 
and those orders come from other men, 
and they come down the line to him? 

Mr. Cullop: I am heartily in favor of 
the President's message of the other day 
that we should not fine the corporation, but 
fine the individual who is responsible for 
the corporation's acts. I think that is a 
solution of a great deal of the trouble my- 

Mr. Perham: I think Senator Faulkner 
mentioned this morning a sort of maximum 
sum of $11,500 against some railroad com- 
pany. I should like to point out that where 
a railroad company is earning $100,000,000 
a year that sum does not amount to very 
much money to that railroad company. It 
would be about the same as my losing one 
red cent, considering my salary as the in- 
come in comparison. 

Mr. Cullop: Yes; but if you get after 
the individual and punish him, the man who 
is responsible, it amounts to something to 
him, because he can not collect it from the 
public and the corporation can. 

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Mr. Elliott : If you will permit me to in- 
terrupt for a moment, the commission ruled 
in Ruling No. 287, that the penalty was 
applicable either to the corporation or to 
the officer of the corporation who was re- 
sponsible for the excess service, but was 
not applicable to the employe who did not 
have any control over the railroad. That 
is Subsection F of Rule No. 287. 

Mr. Perham: I submit that it is very 
difficult to locate the individual who is re- 

Mr. Cullop: Yes; but if you will name 
in the law the official or employe who is 
responsible for it, and make him amenable 
to the law, you will not have any trouble 
in finding out who it is, for the reason that 
the rules of the company will define the 
duties of the several employes. 

Mr. Perham: With all due respect to 
your opinion in the matter, we fear such a 
provision, for many reasons. If you can 
pass a law that will make a railroad official 
responsible for the violation of this law it 
might come back on the employes so that 
they would be liable for something else. 
That would be very disastrous to them, and 
they surely have been harassed enough in 
the past without having fresh troubles to 

Mr. Fitzgerald: Mr. Perham, is it not 
a fact that our organizations are con- 
fronted with many cases annually of men 
dismissed for insubordination because they 
refused to carry out instructions of subor- 
dinate officers which are in direct conflict 
with the rules? 

Mr. Perham : It is absolutely true. 

Again, in regard to the point that the 
gentlemen who represent the railroads do 
not want the emergency defined, I can 
briefly state that it is very much to their 
advantage not to have emergency defined. 
For the employes I will state that we are 
very anxious to have the word "emer- 
gency" defined, and that part of Section 3 
cleared up so that we may know precisely 
what is our position. 

While on that point, I shall like to say 
that where an emergency exists, as we sec 
an emergency, we have no objection to a 
train crew or an engine crew using the tele- 
phone or telegraph, or any other means of 

communication, so as to get them out of 
their difficulty. That is not upon our mind, 
to obstruct that kind of action. But our 
objection is to orders being issued to train- 
men and enginemen, to get their own orders 
at night or at any other time as a regular 
method of procedure. All of the employes 
object to that In regard to the agreements 
being reached as to the law not being car- 
ried out, I know nothing about such agree- 
ments. I never have anything to do with 
such an agreement. A great deal of stress 
has been laid upon the fact that if an eight- 
hour law is enacted it will give no time for 
transfers. The gentlemen who talked about 
transfer time, if you recollect, always 
talked of the train dispatcher. In this 
instance we are not representing train dis- 
patchers. The railroads, I believe, by agree- 
ment, have prevented my organization from 
representing train dispatchers. They have 
claimed that the train dispatcher was part 
of the official family, which in some peculiar 
method of reasoning exempts them from 
belonging to the kind of an organization 
which I represent. The train dispatcher 
who used to be in our organization has 
left it. He works on the eight-hour day 
as a general thing throughout the United 
States. There are only one or two ex- 
ceptions where he works any longer than 

The train dispatcher has a book that 
he places the train orders in, and when the 
order is fulfilled he puts his initial on that 
to show that there is nothing more to that 
order, and then when he transfers to the 
man who is going to relieve him he points 
out to him the orders on the book that 
have not been fulfilled, or have not been 
canceled, and that are now to be carried 
out. So he would say to him, "There is 
order so and so." "There is order so and 
so," and see that the relieving dispatcher 
reads them, so that he understands the vari- 
ous movements. In addition to that he may 
show him the train sheet and say, "There 
is extra so and so on the road at such and 
such a place;" he may say that an extra 
is ordered for 4 a. m., "and I have ordered 
the engine and the crew," or "There is a 
wrecker wanted for so and so, and I have 
got everybody advised." There may be in- 

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formation that may take him 10 or 15 
minates on the average to give. As to the 
telegraph operator or signalman being re- 
Heved, the usual and general rule is that 
it he has train orders in his desk he makes 
a transfer sheet It provides, "Order No. 
23 for train so and. so;" "Order No. 48 
for train so and so," and so on all down the 
sheet, and when the relieving man comes in 
he may say, "Where is your transfer?" He 
reads the numbers, possibly checks the train 
orders to see if they are all mentioned 
on the transfer sheet. He does not read 
the orders to see what they mean. All he 
has got to do is to deliver those orders. 
It takes him possibly five minutes at the 
outside to make his transfer. I know of no 
case where it would take two telegraphers 
more than five minutes to transfer their 
orders and make arrangements for one man 
to relieve the other man who is going off. 
The gentleman who stated that he worked 
four hours relieving another man — ^that 
must have been an extraordinary situation. 
I have worked at train dispatching and 
telegraph operating and signaling for a 
good many years, and I never saw an 
instance of that kind, and if there is any 
occasion for that we desire to prevent that. 

Mr. Faulkner : ' Suppose one of the relief 
men, by reason of missing a car, or some- 
thing like that, should not get there 
promptly on time. Would not that stop 
the whole road under this eight-hour law 
nntil he did. get there? 

Mr. Perham : I think that no suit would 
hold under the circumstances. 

Mr. Faulkner: Why would it not? 

Mr. Perham: Because of a reasonable 
explanation, Senator. 

Mr. Faulkner: The court says this is a 
mandatory statute and therefore it must 
be strictly construed and enforced in that 

Mr. Perham : In regard to that end of it, 
I presume that no law can be made upon 
this subject but that one side or the other 
is bound to get a little bit the worst of it. 
After this law was enacted giving the rail- 
road companies so much leeway we put up 
with that patiently, and these great numbers 
of suits, these great numbers of instances 
of violations, show what the railroad com- 

panies will do if you give them a little 
leeway. Now, I want the Congress to give 
us the advantage and see if we disobey the 
law or if we make lawsuits. 

Mr. Faulkner: You will put a penalty 
on a man who does not get there on time? 

Mr. Perham : Not any legal penalty. 

Mr. Faulkner : That is what you put on 
us if we do not do the right things. 

Mr. Perham: A railroad corporation 
differs from an individual. I submit that 
the assertion was made here by one of the 
witnesses that the reason why excess hours 
were worked was because the employe did 
not show up. I challenge that assertion. I 
state that if an employe does not show up 
he is usually suspended about ten days as 
a warning to him to show up promptly. 
They do not allow men to interfere with 
one another in such a way as that on a 
railroad. All the men are promptly on 
time. You will find no example anywhere 
such as the railroad men can show you 
quite generally as to punctuality, and I am 
inclined to believe that that statement is an 

The assertion was made by the gentleman 
representing the New York Central that 
they worked very little on Sundays. I will 
leave it to you that between Buffalo and 
New York, say on the four-track line be- 
tween those cities, the train service on Sun- 
day is quite extensive, and those gentlemen 
who started in to do a little work on Sun- 
day many years ago are now doing a full 
day's work on every Sunday, and they can 
not be spared at all in that territory that I 
speak of. The reason that I want to make 
it clear to you as to why there should be 
some restriction about trainmen handling 
the telephone is that it has been asserted 
here that after a man works a lengthy 
period of hours that he is not then men- 
tally alert sufficient to make sure about a 
train order, and I maintain that that is the 
case. We have here in this table of statis- 
tical analysis of carriers* monthly hours of 
service report which shows, for instance, 
that, say, the New York Central Line, has 
in its train service inclusive periods of 
continuous service in hours, 16 to 17 hours, 
4,527 men; 17 to 18 hours, 4,415 men; 18 
to 19 hours, 2,266 men; 19 to 20 hours. 

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1,355 men ; 20 to 21 hours, 751 men ; 21 to 22 
hours, 392 men; 22 to 23 hours, 255 men; 
23 to 24 hours, 131 men ; 25 to 26 hours, 38 
men; 26 to 27 hours, 24 men; 27 to 28 
hours, 27 men ; 28 to 29 hours, 3 men ; 29 to 
30 hours, 5 men ; 30 to 31 hours, 7 men ; 31 
to 32 hours, 12 men; 32 to 33 hours, 4 
men; and there is 37 to 40 hours, 3 men; 
a total of 14,307 cases. That is for the year 
ending June 30, 1913. 

Where men have worked excess hours, 
such as indicated here, I maintain that they 
ought not to handle telephone orders for 
their trains. 

Mr. CuUop: Does that mean continuous 
hours of service with no intermission at all ? 

Mr. Perham : The heading for that table 
that I read is, "Inclusive periods of continu- 
ous service in hours for trainmen." 

Mr. Cullop : Is that only occasional with 
the same individuals, or is it for any con- 
siderable consecutive period ? 

Mr. Perham : This is for the year, and— 

Mr. Stevens : Those are emergency cases, 
I suppose, where they run over 16 hours 
and 16 to 30 hours ? 

Mr. Perham : Yes ; those are in excess of 
the 16-hour period mentioned in the statute. 

Mr. Esch. It includes all employes, does 
it not? 

Mr. Perham: Those in the train and 
engine service ; not the telegraph operators. 
The telegraph operator comes under a dif- 
ferent table. 

Mr. Esch: You gave that to us this 
morning ? 

Mr. Perham: Yes; you have those fig- 

There is one more part of the argument 
that I should like to be able to meet, but 
which I am not, and that is in regard to 
certain suits where it has been decided that 
flagmen and switchmen came under the 
nine-hour proviso of the Hours-of-Service 
Law. There was a case last year in Kansas 
City, Mp., in which the Kansas City Ter- 
minal Co. was defendant, and it was pretty 
clear that two switchmen who were en- 
gaged in telephoning and throwing switches 
and directing the movement of trains by 
hand signals did come under the present 
Hours-of-Service Law. In another case, in 
Geveland, Ohio, in which the Big Four was 

defendant, the United States District Court 
decided there that switchmen engaged in 
the movement of trains by the use of tele- 
phonic circuit, namely, a telephone, did- 
come under the nine-hour proviso. I will 
endeavor to obtain copies of the court's de- 
cisions in those two cases, so that you may 
understand precisely the court's attitude in 
regard to that particular phase of this 

In regard to an assertion made, I be- 
lieve, by the last witness about the number 
of men — those gentlemen who were on this 
committee at the original hearing in 1907 
may remember that that was one of the, 
chief objections to the Hours-of-Service 
Law, that the men could not be supplied, 
and that the organization which I represent 
was engaged in minimizing the number of 
men who might learn telegraphing. I 
stated at that time that there were 8,000 
men eager to get employment on the rail- 
roads at good wages. I make the same 
assertion now. Wages are gradually in- 
creasing, it is true, but they have not 
reached that stage yet where they would 
be very attractive to a man who was able 
to make a living at some other business. 
At the present moment my organization is 
supporting about forty telegraphers in the 
city of St. Louis who are looking for a job. 
I am very glad to hear that Mr. Selden, 
of the Baltimore & Ohio, needs men. I will 
be able to send him a few. The telegraph 
profession has been ridden to death by low 
wages and bad conditions. And a great 
number, many thousands of men, have quit 
the business to go into other lines where 
they can get more desirable conditions and 
perhaps better remuneration. That is the 
reason why we are seeking to get an eight- 
hour day so as to retain the best men in 
the service. 

I am quite sure if this committee should 
make a favorable report upon this bill and 
it should eventually become a law, the rail- 
roads will come here in a few years' time 
and say it is just exactly the thing that 
they asked for. 

I thank you for your patience. 

(Thereupon the committee adjourned un- 
til Wednesday, January 28, 1914, at 10:00 
o'clock a. m.) 


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Our slogan for 1918: Sixty thousand 
members, an eight-hour day, overtime for 
all work performed on Sundays and holi- 

The "annual" cards are pronounced 
classy. Purchase one. 

A New Year resolution— Join the Pen- 
sion Fund and guard against the infirmities 
of old age. 

Farewell 1917, most generous to our 
membership. Here's trusting 1918 will be 
a repeater. 

Repeal of the law under which American 
women marrying aliens take on an alien 
status is to be urged before the House Im- 
migration Committee. 

The St. Louis & San Francisco R. R and 
its organized telegraphers have failed to 
adjust wage differences, and the matter is 
referred to federal arbitration. 

Protect your beneficiary at all times by 
forwarding your remittances in payment of 
both dues and assessments i)efore Febru- 
ary 28th and August 31st of each term. 

By amending the Texas compensation 
law State Legislature has given less pro- 
tection to workers than formerly, according 
to State Labor Commissioner Jennings. 

The Minnesota minimum wage act was 
held to be constitutional by the State 
Supreme Court. The court holds the legis- 
lature had authority to create this com- 

One thousand three hundred and forty- 
seven new members were initiated into the 
Order during the month of December. 
Seven thousand seven hundred and seventy- 
eight new members is the total for 1917. 

At this early date, keen interest is being 
manifested in the prize contest, the rules 
and conditions of which are published in 
this number. Get in and assist in carrying 
into effect our 1918 slogan. 

Government possession and control of 
railroads does not mean the millenium for 
employes has dawned. The article in the 
editorial columns is an illustration of some 
of the difficulties government employes en- 

The new uniforms of the women con- 
ductors on the Flatbush line of the B. R 
T. will, fashion experts say, consist of the 
regulation cap, blue skirt and blue coat with 
brass buttons. A neat little pocket will 
hold the transfers. 

Germany is about to restrict use of the 
telephone. "Rationing" is what they call it. 
The postoffice authorities who control the 
telephones complain that the telephone and 
telegraph service are burdened with useless 
talk and messages. 

Many crops this year exceed the produc- 
tion of other years, while the value of the 
country's farm products, with a total esti- 
mated unofficially at $21,000,000,000, far 
exceeds any other year in history, says the 
Department of Agriculture's report. 

The message on the cover of the Decem- 
ber issue, "What Hath God Wrought,"^ has 
elicited much favorable comment, espe- 
cially from our old-timers. This was the 
first Morse message and was transmitted 
by a niece of Prof. S. F. B. Morse, the 

Another step toward the long fore- 
shadowed move of making the National 
Capital bone dry has been taken by the 
introduction of such a bill into Congress by 

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Representative Randall, of California. The 
recent prohibition law did not bar the im- 
portation of liquor for personal use. 

England's trade unionists and laborites 
favor an early restatement of war aims. 
The Parliamentary committees of these two 
parties adopted resolutions urging it was 
"desirable that Britain make an early 
definite declaration of its aims and objects 
in continuing the war." 

The "slacker" (non) is a menace we 
always have with us. He objects to cer- 
tain members; he objects to certain officers; 
he objects to organized labor. He docs not, 
however, object to the improved working 
conditions and increases in wages secured 
through the efforts of this organization. 

War emergency measures for the efifec- 
tive mobilization of the country's indus- 
trial resources and for the maintenance of 
indispensable protective standards for labor 
were presented at the eleventh annual meet- 
ing of the American Association for Labor 
Legislation held in Philadelphia, Decem- 
ber 27th-29th. 

Syracuse, N. Y.'s vast pottery industry, 
which produces 35 per cent of the vitrified 
china manufactured in the United States, 
may be shut down, because the Government, 
it is stated, believes this industry should 
be placed in the list of non-necessities. 

The pottery makers here are preparing 
a protest should such action be taken. 

The Food Administration's sugar ration 
will be three pounds a month for each per- 
son during 1918, according to an announce- 
ment that will be sent soon to the 12,000,000 
persons who signed food conservation 
cards. Each person in the country is con- 
suming about six pounds a month, and be- 
fore the war each consumed nearly eight 
pounds a month. 

The recent ruling by Attorney-General 
McGhee that private liability companies 
can not do business in Ohio, because of 
the Ohio Workmen's Compensation Act, 

is not acceptable to these concerns. They 
have secured a temporary injunction against 
the State Industrial Commission and are 
now preparing to fight the ruling to the 
State Supreme Court, if necessary. 

The Council of National Defense re- 
quests friends and families of soldiers not 
to send them food. An abundant supply 
is being furnished in the camps and can- 
tonments, the statement said, and a larg^ 
quantity of privately sent food is being- 
wasted. In some cases the food has been 
spoiled on account of having been conveyed 
long distances in heated express or mail 

War risk insurance for soldiers, sailors 
and members of the nurses' corps has 
reached the two billion mark. The Govern- 
ment is issuing this insurance to its mili- 
tary forces for the purpose of repladngr 
the old pension system. The maximum 
poUcy is $10,000, and the lowest is $1,000, 
and these are issued at costs ranging be- 
tween $6 and $8 per thousand, according 
to age. 

The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe R. R. 
announces that the semi-annual 10 per cent 
bonus to its unorganized employes will be 
continued in the form of a straight salary 
increase, payable monthly. 

This concern is notoriously low-waged 
and paid the bonus only to its unorganized. 
Since the Government has taken over the 
control of railroads and guarantees divi- 
dends, the Santa Fe receives a lot of free 
advertising without cost. 

Any attempt on the part of Postmaster- 
General Burleson to deny to postal em- 
ployes the right to organize will be bitterly 
fought, is the announcement of President 
Gompers of the American Federation of 

Mr. Gompers denies any threats to strike 
and further declares that under present 
conditions he sees no danger of strikes. If 
the men are denied the right to express 
their grievances, such action may result, he 

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Congressman Keating, chairman of the 
House Labor Group, asks Congress to in- 
crease the wages of all federal employes. 

The proposed increases range from $300 
a year for workers receiving less than 
$1,200 a year, to $60 increases between 
$1,800 and $2,000. Increases for per diem 
workers are as follows: $2 a day or less, 
$1 a day; between $2 and $2.50, 80 cents; 
between $2.50 and $3, 60 cents ; between $3 
and $3.50, 40 cents; between $3.50 and $4. 
20 cents. 

- Senator Smith, of Michigan, roundly 
assailed the Fuel Administration. 

"A theoretical coal dictator," was the way 
he described Administrator Garfield, with- 
out naming him. 

Mr. Smith declared children had died of 
cold and exposure, and that it was a dis- 
grace. He denounced putting inexperienced 
men in charge of the fuel supply, and de- 
clared that much slate was being sold in 
coal, and that there was no high grade in- 

Centering its attention on the urgent 
need of providing a system of highways 
adequate to the transportation requirements 
of the country, in war and peace, the 
fifteenth annual convention of the Ameri- 
can Road Builders' Association, will be held 
in St Louis, February 4th to 7th. High- 
way construction has received a serious set- 
back the past season, owing to the short- 
age and high cost of labor and the extreme 
difficulty of securing transportation of road- 
building materials. 

That women should work in arsenals and 
inspect government uniforms, thus releas- 
ing men in these- occupations for war serv- 
ice, is the suggestion offered yesterday by 
Mrs. Frances C. Axtell, of the United Em- 
ployes' Compensation Commission. She is 
the only woman ever named by a President 
for such a federal commission. 

Besides these occupations Mrs. Axtell be- 
lieves that women could make rope and 
twine and also smaller arms. In fact, she 
sees no limit to woman's ability to perform 
work now being done by men. 

Labor leaders received a call of 10,000,000 
working women throughout the country to 
organize to obtain equal wages with men 
It was signed by Ethel M. Smith, of Wash- 
ington, chairman of the Suffrage Commit- 
tee on Protection of Women's Labor in 
War Time. 

The call pointed out that women in war 
work compete with men at lower wages, 
and even in some cases act as strikebreak- 
ers. It urged that in fairness to the men, 
women should not undercut male workers. 

President Wilson's attention has been 
called to the fact that the Department of 
Agriculture is employing girls in large num- 
bers at a salary much below the standard 
living wages, as recognized by the laws of 
various States and by labor organizations. 
These girls are paid $25 a month by the 
stretching of an old law permitting the de- 
partment temporarily to appoint "student 
assistants" — ^young men and women who 
wanted to continue their scientific studies 
during college vacation periods. 

These girls, however, are acting as clerks, 
or "skilled laborers," and regularly shoul- 
dering a large part of the greatly increasing 
work of the department. 

There is ample labor to meet war de- 
mands on the farm if properly distributed 
and efficiently employed, said E. V. Wilcox, 
of the Farm Management Bureau, Depart- 
ment of Agriculture, in an address in Phila- 

"There are more than 5,000,000 boys in 
the United States between the ages of 16 
and 21 years, and a constantly increasing 
number of women seeking and obtaining 
emplo)rment on the farm, either at outdoor 
work or as helpers for farmers' wives. 
This constitutes a force which may be 
depended upon to render efficient service in 
the event of a shortage of farm help." 

The Victory Loan in Canada, from latest 
returns, bids fair to break all records in one 
respect. It comes nearer to the ideal of 
counting a subscriber for every family unit 
than any other loan yet placed by any na- 
tion, so far as information is obtainable. 

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The record of the United States is a sub- 
scriber for every twenty-seven of the popu- 
lation. In Great Britain the record is a 
subscriber for every twenty-three of the 
population. The record of Canada, so far 
as ascertained, is a subscriber for every ten 
of the population. The family unit is usu- 
ally Bxed at five persons. Canada has been 
doing marvelous things ; maybe it will beat 
its own record next time. 

Mutual Benefit Department members who 
are contemplating enlisting for military or 
naval service, are urged to arrange for the 
payment of dues and assessments within 
two calendar months from January ist and 
July 1st of each yrar. Should a member 
who has enlisted forfeit his membership in 
the Mutual Benefit Department, he will be 
unable to reinstate in this department while 
engaged in such serznce, therefore it is 
hoped that our boys will realise the neces- 
sity and importance of keeping in good 
standing by remitting both dues and assess- 
ments prior to February 28th and August 
Sist of each semi-annual period. 

Government ownership of the Washing- 
ton telephone system is provided for in a 
bill introduced into Congress by Senator 
Gore, of Oklahoma. Any surplus of the 
postal service for the fiscal year of 1918 is 
to be made available in buying the system, 
its operation is to be placed under the Post- 
office Department. The Postmaster-Gen- 
eral has several times recommended that 
the Government take over the telephone and 
telegraph systems of the country, and a 
similar bill was introduced at the last ses- 
sion by Senator Gore. The taking over of 
the District of Columbia telephone system 
would be an entering wedge along that line. 

To facilitate the direct sale of products 
the bill would establish experimental tele- 
phone service connecting the farms lying 
about the district. 

In eight cities investigated by the Federal 
Children's Bureau, 28 per cent of the 
fathers earned less than $550 a year, and 
the death rate for their babies was 162.5, 
Or one in every six. Only about one-eighth, 

or 13.1 per cent of all the fathers earned 
$1,250 or more, and the death rate for their 
babies was 62.5, or one in sixteen. 

The combined figures for the eight cities, 
which includes industrial centers and fash- 
ionable residential sections, show that the 
mortality under one year of age among 
children born into families with incomes of 
$1,250 or over is less than two-fifths that 
of children whose fathers earn less than 
$550 a year. 

In the course of his address on America's 
need in the war, Congressman Medill 
McCormick, who recently returned from 
an inspection of the Italian and French 
fronts, told members of the Associated In- 
dustries of Massachusetts something of the 
conditions in Germany, saying that sound 
reason to believe that Germany lacks fat 
and meat, that she has vegetables and 
wheat enough, that although she has sugar, 
she has less than the Allies, that material 
for textiles is very short, and she has so 
drawn her men into the armies that her in- 
dustrial machinery and her railways are 
in grave disrepair. 

Congressman McCormick added a word 
to the assembled manufacturers of the new 
spirit in Europe and of the way the hand 
of the Government, supported by the peo- 
ple, finds its way into every nook and cor- 
ner of England, Italy and France. 

Only taxicabs, busses, munitions workers 
and executives, doctors and emergency men 
can buy gasoline to run private motor cars, 
it is reported. France is following Eng- 
land's example on that score, and is tight- 
ening the screws every day. Permissions 
issued by the municipal authorities to pur- 
chase gasoline have been useless for weeks, 
because the retailers are unable to find the 

Passes for automobile circulation beyond 
the limits of any department are issued only 
in cases of proved necessity and national in- 
terest. The roads are guarded day and 
night to prevent illegal motoring. Many 
private car users have stocked up with sup- 
plies of gasoline, profiting by the compara- 
tive abundance last summer, but those who 
live in Paris are unable to circulate be- 

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y<Mid the small circle that the Department 
of the Seine forms around the capital. 
Even if the case is approved by the munici- 
pal authorities as indispensable to the pub- 
lic interest it must then be carried to the 
military authorities, who are likely to find 
a reason for using the automobile. 

Do not fail to keep in good standing at 
all times. For the information of certi/i- 
caie holders in the Mutual Benefit Depart- 
ment, the signing of the so-called "appli- 
cation for reinstatement" or "war waiver'* 
is required of members who have allowed 
their membership to become delinquent, by 
failing to Pay their dues and assessments 
within two calendar months from the begin- 
ning of a semi-annual dues period, in ac- 
cordance with Article XV of the Mutual 
Benefit Department laws. In order to avoid 
signing this "application for reinstatement,** 
members are urged to keep their member- 
ship continuous by forwarding remittances 
in payment of both dues and assessments 
prior to February 28th and August sist of 
each semi-annual period, the beginning of 
which periods are January ist and July ist 
of each year. The signing of "supplement 
to application'* is required of all new mem- 

Numerous wage increases made October 
pay rolls in the chief industries of the 
United States among the most bountiful 
ever known. 

In the iron and steel trade, 61 out of 
110 establishments reported increases, and 
the total pay rolls amounted to 49.2 per 
cent more than in October, 1916. 

In the woolen industry the year's in- 
crease was 41.6; hosiery and underwear, 
22.2; ^aper making, 21.1; cotton finishing, 
20.6, and in boots and shoes, cotton manu- 

facturing, men's ready-made clothing, car 
building and repairing, cigar manufacturing, 
automobile manufacturing and leather man- 
ufacturing, lesser increases. Only silk 
workers received a smaller total than last 
year, the decrease being 19 per cent. 

The greatest increase in the number of 
employes was 11.4 per cent in the iron 
and steel mills. Seven other industries, 
boots and shoes, cotton manufacturing, 
hosiery and underwear, silk, car building 
and repairing, automobile manufacturing 
and leather, employed fewer persons than 
a year ago. 

Compulsory labor on farms and in other 
industries where it is most needed was 
urged in Albany, N. Y., at a conference be^ 
tween Governor Whitman and a delegaltion 
of farmers and representatives of industrial 
interests from Oneida, Herkimer and 
Onondaga Counties. • It was suggested that 
such a bill should be passed by the legisla- 

"I told them," said the governor after- 
ward, "that I would give them every aid in 
getting such a law if it can properly be 

The members of the delegation thought 
it would be possible to force idle men into 
occupations which are now going begging 
for workers and which are vital to open- 
ing up the food supply and industrial 
wealth of the State. 

Conscription of males between the ages 
of 16 and 65 and confiscation of land for 
the duration of the war were recommended, 
but Governor Whitman doubted the consti- 
tutionality of an out-and-out conscription 
measure. He contended that the federal 
government alone had the power to pass 
such a bill. He believes, however, that 
some legislation can be enacted which will 
greatly relieve the farm labor situation. 

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The following births have been reported 
since the last issue of The Telegrapher: 

To Bro. and Mrs. J. W. King, of Stuart, 
Fla., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. Ed. Tilt, of North Bay, 
Ont., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. A. P.i Niles, of Tracy, 
Minn., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. A. P. Niles, of Tracy, 
Minn., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. Wm. Simpson, of Bar- 
ron, Wis., a girl. 

- To Bro. and Mrs. J. L. Beeson, of Rosa- 
mond, Cal., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. R. M. Carrell, of Kin- 
derhook. 111., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. A. C. Cooper, of 
Solon, N. D., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. R. L. Holt, of Weyer- 
hauser, Wis., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. A. W. Nordholm, of 
Bennett, Wis., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. F. G. Creach, of Web- 
ster City, Iowa, a girl. 

The following marriages have been re- 
ported since the last issue of The Teleg- 

Bro. G. L. Carr, of Div. 71, to Miss Leo 

Bro. O. W. Miller, of Div. 164, to Miss 
Lila Davis. 

Bro. J. W. Hibbard, of Div. 76, to Miss 
Helen Jorge. 

Bro. H. S. Life, of Div. 126, to Miss 
Bertha Banne. 

Bro. E. P. Gipson, of Div. 53, to Miss 
Nell Adkisson. 

Bro. Arthur Martilla, of Div. 54, to Miss 
Agnes Lauritson. 

Bro. Frank Turvey, of Div. 54, to Sister 
Julietta Freshauer, of Div. 54. 

At Ritzville, Wash., Bro. G. W. Donelly, 
of Div. 54, to Miss Ruth Harding. 

At Alanreed. Tex., Bro. J. H. Steger, of 
Div. 126. to Miss Willie McKnight. 

At Sorel, Que., Bro. Armand R. Noisetix, 
of Div. 12, to Miss Alice Blanchette. 

The Telegrapher extends congratula- 
tions to the happy couples. 

The following deaths have been reported 
since the last issue of The Telegrapher : 

Bro. H. R. Ford, of Div. 53. 

Bro. W. A. Weeks, of Div. 8. 

Bro. Paul C. Wolfe, of Div. 76. 

Bro. W. W. Hunter, of Div. 173. 

Bro. John McConnan, of Div. 89. 

Bro. John McConnor, of Div. 89. 

Bro. E. E. Cummings, of Div. 19. 

Bro. Charles O'Maily, of Div. 14. 

Bro. J. L. Sackett, of Grand Div. 

Bro. Henry C. Karsten, of Div. 53. 

Wife of Bro. E. F. Hull, of Div. 146. 

Bro. Homer Lee Vaughan, of Div. 45. 

Mother of Bro. J. J. Zeigler, of Div. 17. 

Wife of Bro. D. E. Wilson, of Div. 16a 

Son of Bro. M. H. Bonewell, of Div. 7. 

Father of Bro. Chas. F. Mayer, of Div. 18. 

Brother of Bro. W. J. Thigpen, of Div. 31. 

Father of Bro. M. H. Kanade, of Div. 40. 

Sister of Bro. A. M. Potter, of Div. 43. 

Mother of Bro. E. E. Stolte, of Div. 54. 

Son of Bro. D. A. McGrath, of Div. 89. 

Mother of Bro. J. E. Smith, of Div. 93. 

Sister of Sister C. S. Bosworth, of Div. 

Wife of Bro. L. D. Willmering, of Div. 

Father of Bro. J. M. Stevenson, of Div. 

Mother of Bro. M. F. Schneider, of Div. 

At Fargo, Ark., Bro. E. B. Kern, of Div. 

Bro. J. L. Whiting, of Div. 161, and his 

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Father of Bro. David W. Gilbert, of 
Div. 18. 

Father of Sister Bernice M. Dickey, of 
Div. 21. 

Daughter of Bro. M. L. Richardson, of 
Div. 31. 

Wife of Bro. J. H. McDermott, of 
Div. 89. 

Datighter of Bro. A. R. Pendarvis, of 
Div. 96. 

At Chatsworth, Cal., Bro. H. C. Powell, 
of Div. 53. 

Father of Bros. C. S. and B. Chandler, 
of Div. 93. 

At Walnut Grove, IlL, Bro. L. E. Dooley, 
of Div. 130. 

At Toledo, Ohio, wife of Bro. Frank E. 
Fogel, of Div. 19. 

At Waterloo, Iowa, father of Bro. C. R. 
Dewey, of Div. 54. 

At York, Neb., father of Bro. G. C. 
Rhodes, of Div. 130. 

Wife of Bro. C. E. Laymon, and mother 
of Bro. R, L. Laymon, of Div. 126. 

Mother of Bros. J. F. Pierron, of Div. 27; 
E, E. Pierron, of Div. 6, and O. A. Pierron, 
of Div. 54. 

The bereaved relatives have the sympathy 
of all. 


Present address of E. E. Daugherty ; last 
heard of working for some western road. 
Important. E. E. Delaplaine^ 

Baltimore Hotel, Muskogee, Okla. 

Present address of. Telegrapher J. D. 
Freeman ; last heard of working some place 
on U. P. Freeman, if you see this, please 
write me at Sallisaw, Okla., would like to 
get a job out there. W. W. Neel. 

Present address of Henry A. Miller. 
This boy left home October 30th, and his 
parents are very desirous of locating him. 
Notify J. C. Miller, Richfield, Wis., or Ed. 
R. Derrickson, 309 Drexel Bank Bldg., Sta. 
M., Chicago, 111. 

Present address of E. F. Nelson, former 
telegrapher B. & O. S. W. Ry. ; last heard 

of in hospital at Ft. Sam Houston, Tex. 
Nelson, if you see this, please write us. 

Mrs. J. H. McIlroy, Butlerville, Ind. 
H. K. McIlroy, 

1711 Baird Ave., Portsmouth, Ohio. 

Present address of Telegrapher Joseph T. 
Cook, who was working for the Mo. Pac. 
Ry. at Moscow, Ark., a few months ago. 
Holds letter from me stating he walked 
out on strike which is now void, as he 
returned to the "Katy" and worked while 
strike was on. Important. 

E. E. Delaplaine, 
Baltimore Hotel, Muskogee, Okla. 

Whereabouts of H. B. Long; age, 35 
years; height, 5.11 inches; weight, 175 
pounds. Dark complexion, smooth shaven 
and wore glasses. Wore gray and black 
pin-striped suit, brown soft hat, tan shoes, 
raincoat and traveling bag. Probably go- 
ing under an assumed name. 

Mrs. H. B. Long, 
Unity Station, Pa. 

Whereabouts of Harry Burtless, who 
worked in Old Mexico with me during 

Whereabouts of Rube Schillcutt, who 
worked with me at Springfield, Mo., in train 
service, during 1907 and 1908. 

If yotf fellows should be settler enough 
to see this, drop a line to one who has be- 
come a home guard. H. E. Boyd, 

Littleton, N. C. 


Card No. 40380, Cert. 897, Div. 49, for 
term ending December 31, 1917. 

Card No. 38889, Cert. 853, Div. 11, for 
term ending December 31, 1917. 

Card No. 4639, Cert. 254, Div. 145, for 
term ending December 31, 1917. 

Card No. 38212, Cert 1866, Div. 23, for 
term ending December 31, 1917. 

Card No. 24339, Cert. 3655, Div. 7, for 
term ending December 31, 1917. 

Card No. 42076, Cert. 6622, Grand Div., 
for term ending December 31, 1917. 

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By Mrs. Kate E. Carr, President. 

There's a label on his shirt and belt, a label 

on his hose, 
A label on his traveling bag and on his 

working clothes ; 
There's a label on his patent shoes, a label 

on his ties, 
A label on his coat and pants, on every suit 

he buys ; 
Cigars he smokes are union made; a label 

on his hat. 
And when it comes to underwear, you'll 

find there's one on that; 
His barber shop is a union house; his 

bakery goods are fair. 
And when he orders printed cards, the 

label's always there; 
There's a label on his household goods, the 

granite ware and rugs ; 
The neighbors claim this union man is 

simply label bugs; 
Perhaps he is, but he's a gem — consistent 

all the while, 
For "Union Goods for Union Wage" help 

our whole rank and file. 

— Retail Clerks' Advocate. 

The union label is placed on articles to 
show they are made under conditions that 
are fair, equitable and sanitary. In buy- 
ing label goods the buyer automatically 
deals a blow to the open shop. He liter- 
ally endorses a protest against long hours 
of labor. A purchase bearing the union 
label is a stumbling block for child labor, 
coolie labor and unsanitary conditions in 
the factory, mill, cannery or other places 
of employment 

Only a few weeks ago we learned with 
horror that Escambia County, Ala., had just 

made a most advantageous contract with a 
certain employing concern, wherein the 
county leased its women convicts for a 
period of two years for the munificent sum 
of 15 cents per day. During this time they 
are to be housed in filthy stockades. 
Women sold into slavery to the highest bid- 
der, to do whatever that bidder desires; 
work, slave, toil through the days; rest in 
stockades, filthy and unfit, for the nights; 
truly a picture upon which every union man 
and woman interested in the conditions of 
the toilers might look with some concern. 
And yet, were he or she to refuse flatly the 
non-union products when making purchases, 
the incentive for such labor would be de- 
stroyed and tragedies of this nature would 
belong to the past. The union label does 
not tolerate the prison product. 

Every dollar expended for non-union 
goods is a dollar waved for the continua- 
tion of such atrocities. Every non-union 
purchase is an excuse for the industrial 
fostering of child labor, open shop, sweat 
shop, long working hours and other unde- 
sirable working conditions. Every union 
earned dollar traded for non-union prod- 
ucts stimulates and encourages the presence 
of the unfair employer, and hence creates 
a demand for the employment of the or- 
ganized workman's most trying enemy — 
the scab. 

Whenever a union man or woman buys 
union-made commodities they encourage 
the emplo3rment of union labor under the 
best working conditions to be obtained. 
Let us, therefore, be consistent with our 
union principles by demanding union-made 
goods in exchange for our union earned 


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Women Travelers. 

Employing women in the dress industry 
to take the place of salesmen who have been 
called to the colors has been put to test by 
a number of manufacturers on a larger 
scale than ever before. The expedient is 
said to have proved so successful that, in 
the opinion of several authorities in the 
trade, the innovation has come to stay. Not 
only have most of the women who have 
been given a fair trial done as well as the 
men whose places they are taking, but, in 
many cases, they have gotten more business 
out of the territories allotted to them than 
the best records in a corresponding period 
made by the salesmen formerly covering 
these sections. 

"The women we have sent out on the 
road," said one dress manufacturer re- 
cently, "have, in most cases, made so good a 
showing and have been so well received by 
the trade that it no longer is a question with 
us as to whether or not women, as a class, 
arc qualified for this kind of work There 
is no doubt at all that they are, and the 
women whom we have taken on, and who 
make good with us, we shall employ per- 

"We started out originally several months 
ago with two women on our force of 
traveling representatives, and since that 
time we have been constantly adding to our 
staflF, until now we have eleven women out 
and are planning to take on several more 
in the near future. Where a woman does 
not make good, and thus far the* percent- 
age has been remarkably small, we no 
longer ascribe it to her sex, but rather take 
it as an indication that she personally is 
not suited to this particular kind of work, 
: just as there are men who can never be 
successful as salesmen. 

"Though the idea of employing women 
for this work originally occurred to us as 
a means of doing our bit toward releasing 
men for government work and military 
service, and because we felt that this was 
no time, if it could possibly be avoided, to 
compete with the Government for male 
help, the success we have met with in find- 
ing women so well adapted to the work re- 
quired of them causes us to regret that we 
did not hit on the plan long ago. 

"Though naturally we shall not dismiss 
the traveling salesmen we still have on our 
force to make way for saleswomen, we 
shall most certainly hereafter fill whatever 
vacancies may occur with women, and con- 
tinue them as our traveling representatives, 
even after the war is over and men are no 
longer so urgently required for other and 
more pressing purposes. 

"In the selection of women for this work 
we so far have not found it to be abso- 
lutely essential that the candidate have pre- 
vious dress experience, or even that she 
must have had business experience of any 
sort. She must, however, be well educated, 
keen mentally, use good English by instinct, 
and be refined. If she has a fairly liberal 
supply of these qualities it does not take 
us long in our school of salesmanship and 
preliminary training to whip her into shape 
for the road. 

"One of our most successful saleswomen, 
for instance, is a lady about thirty, who 
had never before been in any sort of busi- 
ness or earned a penny in her life. Like 
all women of moderate means, however, 
she was familiar with dress materials and 
styles, and from experience gained in her 
shopping tours was a fair judge of values. 
She has a keen intelligence and is quick to 
grasp a situation and make the most of it. 
It did not take her long under our tutelage 
to learn the fundamentals of salesmanship 
and the minor details of how to take and 
make out an order. Had we turned this 
young woman down simply because she had 
never worked before we would have missed 
a valuable addition to our sales force. 

"Another field from which we have ob- 
tained several very successful saleswomen 
is the dress department of some of the 
large department retail establishments. 
This of course, is the ideal training for 
a girl who proposes to become a traveling 
saleswoman in the wholesale end of the 
business. Such girls are thoroughly famil- 
iar with dress lines and prices, and their 
experience in selling over the counter is a 
valuable asset to them. They frequently 
are able to give buyers suggestions on 
merchandising methods and to cite little 
experiences of their own when they were 
selling over the counter, which adds weight 

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what they say, and gets for them respect 
of the buyer, without which very little can 
be accomplished. 

"Wholesale and retail salesmanship, how- 
ever are two very different propositions, 
and the fact that a young woman has been 
successful in a retail store does not neces- 
sarily assure her success as a traveling sales- 
woman to the trade. With this in mind, 
and also in consideration of the young 
women we may take on who have had no 
previous experience, we have mapped out a 
course of instruction in salesmanship 
through which we put these young women 
after they are employed by us and before 
they are sent out on the road. And, in as 
much as many of these women have never 
traveled, to any extent at least, alone, we 
even go so far as to instruct them in rail- 
road and steamship time-table reading, buy- 
ing their tickets, selecting hotels, routes and 
other things which to the ordinary man 
might seem trivial. 

"We instruct and drill them in the most 
elementary principles of salesmanship and 
lecture them as they develop to the higher 
stages on the various sales methods which 
we have found by experience to be the most 
productive of results. We conduct discus- 
sions, give them some puzzling questions 

and situations to solve, and drill them in 
the manner of handling them that we have 
found to be the best. 

"With women doing the selling, however, 
we have realized from the first that some 
radical changes in sales methods would, in 
all probability, be accomplished, though 
what they might be and how successful 
they would be was the problem which only 
actual trial could solve. For this reason we 
have endeavored to impress upon these 
young women that they are not, necessarily, 
to go out and try to seU merchandise by the 
same methods that men use, but that, with 
the benefit of the experience of men to 
draw on, they must take what is useful 
from them and depend on their own indi- 
viduality to originate and devise methods, 
which, because of their sex, would be more 

"It is evident, from reports from our 
saleswomen, that they have adopted some 
original tactics, and with very pleasing re- 
sults in the way of increased volume of 
business from these sections. At this early 
stage of the experiment, however, though 
it has proved beyond doubt to be practical, 
it is hardly possible to compile a manual of 
'saleswomanship.* " — From the New York 

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** TN my early experience with the tele- 

I graph business," said a Western oper- 

ator who made one of a group of 

story tellers, "I was located at a place called 

M , a small group of shanties on the 

N Railroad, as operator, railroad and 

express agent. M could be classed 

among the towns as being thirty miles from 
nowhere. What little business was done 
was on account of a mining settlement 
some thirty miles back in the mountains. 

"One night, after a day of the most 
suhry weather that I had experienced for 
months, I was detained at my office on 
account of delayed trains. A continuous 
roll of thunder, accompanied by sharp 
flashes of lightning in the distance, warned 
me of an approaching storm. I fretted and 
stormed, as I wanted to get to my shanty, 
about a quarter of a mile up the country 
road, before the storm broke, when sud- 
denly a voice broke upon my ear : 
" *Hold up your hands, quick !' 
"Glancing up, I saw a huge revolver 
pointed through the little window in the 
wall through which I sold tickets, and be- 
hind it a weird mask with terrible shining 
eyes. In endeavoring to comply with the 
command, especially the latter injunction, 
my chair swung around, my head struck on 
the edge of the table, and unconscious I 
rolled to the floor. 

'*When I regained my wits, I found my- 
self lying on the floor of the outer wait- 
ing room, bound hand and foot, with a tall, 
ungainly- looking fellow standing guard 
over me with a Winchester. The storm 
had broken over us, and the wind, rain, 
lightning and thunder were something 

"AH at once my trained ear caught the 
sound of the telegraph sounder, and, turn- 

ing my head, I perceived a man at my desk 
working away at my key. He wore a 
mask, but this did not disguise the fact 
that he was a young man. As the char- 
acters were ticked off and came to my ears. 
I knew he was feeling his way as to the 
location of the delayed trains. I also 
noticed that he frequently arose and made 
use of the ground wire from the switch- 
board, which cut off the main office, in 
which was located the train runner of the 
division. At frequent intervals sharp 
cracks of lightning would re-echo through 
the room as they struck the arrester on the 
switch. But the man worked on, totally 
oblivious of his surroundings. 

"Suddenly I caught the drift of what he 
was sending out over the wire, and was 
horrified to learn that he was trying to 
manipulate the train orders so as to cause 
a wreck. Trains Nos. 47 and 48 passed 
each other about five miles up the road 
from my station, and he was sending out 
orders with a cool, steady hand to Train 
47 to take a siding about ten miles east of 
Medicine Hat, and for Train 48 to pass 
47 at the regular place. These orders 
would have thrown the two trains, which 
were heavily laden with passengers and 
express matter, together very near my 

"I could easily hear the sounder, and 
from his orders knew the would-be wrecker 
was an expert telegrapher and thoroughly 
familiar with train-running. Every now 
and then the wrecker would raise his hand 
from the keys as a more severe stroke of 
lightning would come in over the wire, 
but he was too intent upon his deadly work 
to desist. The tramp of heavy boots on 
the platform outside told me that the con- 
templated wreck was an organized scheme 
for robbing the express company and pas- 
sengers. Muttered curses frequently came 

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from the man at the key as his plans for 
wrecking the train would meet with 
obstacles in the shape of pertinent ques- 
tions from operators up the line who 
wouldn't follow the new order of things 
without fully understanding their import. 

"The storm continued to increase in 
force, and peal after peal of thunder re- 
echoed over and above the little station. 
Still the wrecker at the key kept steadily 
at work weaving his web of destruction. 
Suddenly he called out in a voice of 
mingled satisfaction and devilish glee: 

"'Ah, that fixes, the matter all right. 
Forty-seven has signed the orders at the 
water tank^ and in ten minutes they'll go 
together. Tell the men to spread up — ' 
He never finished the sentence. A blind- 
ing flash at the switchboard, a shriek from 
the wrecker, and the;, office appeared to be 
one mass of flame. My guard rushed from 
the building, and, with a mighty effort, I 
wrenched my hands free and pulled myself 
through the door. The little station was 
as dry as tinder; the oil from the train- 
men's lamps added to the combustible na- 
ture of its make-up, and in a moment 
flames were breaking out in every part. 
With loud cries, several of the wrecker's 
confederates dashed toward the little room 
to pull their leader out, but the heat drove 
them back, and as voices were heard up 
the country road coming toward the sta- 
tion, they all disappeared in the darkness. 

"A man untied my legs, as my hands 
were useless on account of the numbness 
occasioned by the tightness of the thongs, 
and I explained the situation to him. He 
hunted up a lamp and dashed down the 
track and around the curve in one direc- 
tion, while I swung the lantern upon the 
train coming down the straight piece of 
track to the station in the other direction. 
My lantern was not seen by the engineer, 
but the burning station acted as a danger 
signal, and the train drew up at the station, 
the engineer totally ignorant of the danger 
they were escaping, and only intent upon 
helping subdue the flames. Twenty-five 
words explained the situation to the engi- 
neer and the group of passengers that 
gathered around, and as Train 47 slowly 

rounded the curve from the east my story 
was substantiated. 

"In all my experience with lightning, that 
was the luckiest bolt that ever hugged a 
wire," said the narrator, as ke finished his 
tale. — Express Gazette. 


THEY had celebrated together the ad- 
vent of each New Year since the 
first year of, their acquaintance. 
That meant five celebrations. And each 
had ended with a declaration from him 
which she parried, and a question from 
him to which she would not give a definite 

That night they sat in the glittering 
restaurant, part of the noisy hilarious 
crowd, and yet by their sincerity and sim- 
plicity differentiated from that crowd. The 
extravagance of such surroundings was 
not ordinary for either of them, and they 
chose New Year's eve for their appearance 
in the setting because that was a time when 
the rest of the world seemed better worth 
looking at. 

In her heart was marvelous satisfaction, 
the satisfaction of work well done and 
reward about to be attained. Tonight she 
intended to listen to his plea, and to ex- 
plain why she had kept him waiting those 
long years. He was splendid she thought, 
looking at him. And what fidelity he had 
shown in this world of multitudinous ap- 
peals 1 The thought of that happiness for 
them which she would no longer deny — 
that happiness so near — irradiated her, 
brought tears to her eyes and smiles to her 
lips, gladdened her so that reveling in 
her own joy, she failed to see beneath the 
surface of his mood. 

With the rest of the crowd they ate, 
drank and laughed, adding their little 
clamor to the din, now submerged, now 
rising, now drowned again, by the tumult 
of the orchestra. And the orchestra sang 
of love. One after another of the love 
arias from the operas were played with 
all the feeling that can be drawn from 
stringed instruments of many tones, and 
with each aria her heart welled afresh. 
With sudden recklessness she looked 
straight into his eyes. If ever eyes spoke 

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to eyes, hers said, "tell me." And if ever 
eyes refused to answer, his refused. It 
was as if her heart staggered. 

A bell struck, and at the sound the great 
noisy throng hushed suddenly, voluntarily, 
expectantly. A distant door opened and a 
silken silvery page led in a rosy child, 
typifying the New Year. A thousand 
chimes rang out. The diners sprang to 
their feet and the scene in the restau- 
rant became pandemonium. She alone was 
silent with a fixed smile. As her escort 
joined those about them in the cry of 
Happy New Year! she only smiled and 
smiled. Had she emitted a single sound, 
it would have been a cry. 

The first confusion over, they settled in 
their chairs again. Her eyes were fixed 
upon her plate. Before raising them she 
must be sure that they were veiled. Last 
year he had seized this moment to speak 
to her. This year — could she live through 
this year? 

He was relating a story, doubtless amus- 
ing. With an effort she gave him atten- 
tion. Something was wrong. He no longer 
cared. Could she keep him from know- 
ing that she did, that after all, she did? 
He would not speak. Would the wretched 
evening ever end? Was she the same 
woman who had trembled in surging hap- 
piness at that table an hour ago? 

Rather abruptly he leaned back, as if he, 
too, wearied of the farce they played. 
"Aren't you bored with this, Alice? It 
only lasts — so long. Let's go." 

She nodded and rose. He held her wrap, 
and as she slipped into its loose, warm 
folds, his fingers touched her shoulder. 
She could feel his warm blood rise to that 
touch, and miserably conscious, she fas- 
tened her wrap without a glance in his 
direction. He picked up her white gloves 
and handed them to her. She observed, 
with dull surprise, that his hand was a bit 
unsteady. In a flash she recollected — she 
was almost positive of it — that the fingers 
touching her shoulder had trembled. She 
looked up at him swiftly, caught him off 
his guard, and read the bitterness in his 

Threading her way before him, through 
hnes of colorful sparkling tables, the dis- 

tance to the door seemed interminably 
long. She must verify that glimpse into 
his soul. If she had seen aright, then he 
still cared. It was only indifference that 
proved the death of love. 

As the cold air of the street smote them, 
they breathed deeply of its freshness. 
"Let's walk," he said. 

Again she only nodded. "Now," she 
thought, "now, perhaps he will speak." 
But they walked on in silence, a silence 
almost unbearable to both of them. It 
was after they had traveled many blocks, 
passed out of the district of garish merry- 
making, were approaching the threshold 
at which they must part, that she took her 
fate in Jier hands. 

"Tonight," she said, endeavoring to speak 
casually, lightly, "we have omitted a part 
of our ancient and honorable formula." 

"Since it is only a formula," he said, 
"it is better omitted. The times are against 

"But the occasion is not complete with- 
out it," she persisted, with a soft laugh, 
the while her eyes were blank with pain. 

"It is not only complete, but finished," 
he said. 

They walked on. She was praying for 
strength to carry her through the little 
distance remaining, until — until the end. 
So he thought she had trifled with him! 
He would not understand. A wild deter- 
mination came to her. He should under- 
stand! As though they had both been 
speaking frankly, she said, "I will answer 
your words of last year, and the year be- 
fore, and the years before. I could not 
give myself to you while I was a failure. 
I should have been less worth winning. 
I have succeeded now. The commission 
has come to me, to make the mural paint- 
ings for the New Center. It will be in the 
papers tomorrow. You are the only one 
who knows." 

"Then you are worth winning now?" he 
asked, calmly. 

, "Now," she said to herself, "my heart 
will surely break." 

"It is only when you love that you are 
worth winning. When you love, and when 
I love you." 

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**Now," she said to herself, "my heart 
is surely broken. It does not matter what 
I say now." To him she said, in a voice 
like death, "I understand. It is too late." 

"I am bitter against you," he said. "I 
am sorry. It is hard for a man to for- 
give the woman who does not want him, 
the woman who prefers success to love." 

"But I am not that woman," she said, 
throwing what was left of her pride to the 
four winds. 

He asked, scarcely above his breath: 
"Do you mean — that you care — for love — 
my love?" 

And now she would not answer. They 
had reached the threshold of their part- 
ing. They passed over it and into the 
dimly-lighted, deserted hall. 

He gathered her into his arms. 

"I want success," she whispered, "only 
— to crown my love." — By Emily Bee, in 
St. Louis Globe-Democrat. 


Used to Collect Insurance on Bogus 

THE call of "easy money" might be 
termed the "lure call" of the United 
States citizen. For, just as surely as 
the turkey answers the summons sent from 
the hunter's bone pipe, the average Amer- 
ican answers the call of "easy money" in 
some way or another. But they don't 
always find it "easy money.'* 

The game of "easy money" is an elusive 
one. From the gas-pipe thug to the race- 
track touts who dope their horses, all have 
found the game hard, either through the 
opposition of nature or the regulations of 

The game of "easy money," like virtually 
all others, is one that must have both a 
loser and a winner; but often it turns out 
that the seeming winner is just as much 
loser as the party appeared to be the loser 
in the first place. In the game there are 
two participants ; and often one of them 
is unwilling to play. In fact, it is often the 
case that one party does not know he is 
"sitting in" the game until the money has 
been extracted from him and all is over 
but the shouting. 

It is a recognized fact that in one of the 
methods of playing this game, that insur- 
ance, transportation and manufacturing 
companies are legitimate victims, and that 
they may be made the second — and los- 
ing — party to the game, ofttimes without 
their knowledge, and certainly without 
their being willing to participate. This 
is a branch of the game which has many 
devotees, if one may accept the state- 
ments of adjusters and investigators for 
such public-service corporations; and one 
in which the pickings are comparatively 
easy in some instances ; and if one does not 
mind the partial mutilation of a hand or 
foot, the game is almost certain for the 
party of the first part. 

The game of mulcting insurance com- 
panies and transportation corpofations for 
payments on policies or damages for acci- 
dents is an old one, but there are new an- 
gles and variations of it constantly being 
sprung by ingenious players of the game 
of "easy money." Since the laws have 
made it extremely difficult for a man to 
take policies on a building or stock of 
goods and burn it to get the insurance, 
those who wish to collect under false pre- 
tenses from such companies have trans- 
ferred the risks to their persons. Not that 
they plan to take life insurance and have 
some other person profit by a? sudden death, 
but that they are able to insure themselves 
against accident, make passable pretense of 
injury and then suddenly recover when the 
value of their policies has been collected 
and cached away. 

The play against the transportation com- 
panies is not so easy as against those insur- 
ance companies which sell accident policies. 
There is one advantage in the transporta- 
tion company game, however, which is that 
in a jury trial the complainant is given the 
benefit of every doubt, and juries seem to 
believe that if any person can get money 
out of such a company they are entitled to 
all that is forthcoming. 

It is particularly true in the Southern 
States that a jury trial invariably goes 
against the defending companies in suits 
by persons to collect damages for alleged 
injury, or to collect on insurance policies 
on similar allegations. A representative of 

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a large life insurance company stated re- 
cently that it is very difficult to get a ver- 
dict for the defendant in such a suit in a 
Southern court, and that most companies 
prefer to settle cases by compromise rather 
than to go to the expense of a trial with 
the almost certain knowledge that they will 
have to pay a verdict in the end. 

He declared that the Southern courts are 
not equitable in so far as their juries are 
concerned, though he did not cast any as- 
persion on the merits of the presiding jus- 

As an instance of this there was quoted 
a case in Atlanta, Ga. A case was brought 
against an insurance company by a person 
who held a policy and claimed to have 
been injured by an automobile one evening 
in a certain part of the city. The plaintiff 
w?is very positive in his evidence, giving 
the exact location of the accident and the 
number of the car by which he was struck. 
At the trial the defendant company proved 
by several witnesses that the automobile 
said to have been the one that struck the 
defendant was in another part of the city 
at the time of the alleged accident; yet, 
despite this, the jury brought in a verdict 
for the plaintiff and the company had to 

With the transportation companies, espe- 
cially street car lines, the play is generally 
started by persons who actually have been 
injured in sortie manner at some time pre- 
viously, generally through their own fault 
and in such a way that they were unable 
to claim damages from any other party. 
Then the "easy money" call offers them 
vast possibilities in the way of collecting 
damages. The only drawback is the fact 
that several others must be taken in on 
the scheme, which necessitates a division of 
the profits and thus requires the player to 
repeat the stupt several times before a 
satisfactory sum can be accumulated. 

The usual method is for these people to 
associate themselves with some unscrupu- 
lous attorney and physician, according to 
the experience of the United Railways in 
St. Louis. After establishing satisfactory 
connections, they board a car as a regular 
passenger; then, when leaving, manage to 

stumble from the platform just as the car 
is coming to a stop. 

This giyes the appearance of an accident. 
The party playing this game, however, does 
not admit at that time that he has been 
injured ; but, instead, in response to the 
questions of the conductor and motorman, 
who are required to make a thorough re- 
port of such affairs, declares that he has not 
been hurt, makes light of the affair, re- 
fuses to give his name and leaves the scene 
without betraying by limp or otherwise any 
apparent hurt. 

Naturally, the repeated questioning of 
the car crew and the appearance of an acci- 
dent have attracted a large crowd to the 
scene. The unscrupulous attorney always 
is numbered among those who gather, and 
he proceeds to ascertain names of a num- 
ber of those standing about, in order to 
call them afterwards as witnesses. 

Then, some months later, a demand will 
be made on the company for damages and 
a suit filed if they are not forthcoming 
without protest. Usually a large amount 
is asked and a permanent injury alleged, 
the fault being ascribed to the employes of 
the company. Then, when the case comes 
to trial, the lawyer summons those who 
witnessed the affair, and they testify that 
there was an accident and that the plaintiff 
apparently was injured. The company hav- 
ing only a record of the fact that there was 
an accident at the spot alleged on the date 
stated and being without the name of the 
party hurt, is unable to refute any of the 

Then the conscienceless physician gets in 
his work by describing the injury this per- 
son is afflicted with, and thus a clear case 
of injury is made under which any jury 
will return a verdict for the plaintiff. 

More skillful are some of the persons 
who play the "easy money" game against 
the accident insurance companies. Some of 
these have natural disabilities — or abilities 
— in their make-ups, which enable them to 
fake every appearance of injury without 
feeling any of the real effects of one. They 
proceed, generally, along the same lines as 
the street fakers — ally themselves with an 
attorney who is a "fixer" and can procure 
witnesses to testify to anything he desires ; 

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then a suit is brought, the plaintiff ap- 
pears in court apparently suffering from 
the results of the injury, testimony is given 
by the paid witnesses and a jury verdict is 
returned for the plaintiff. 

Many of the insurance companies, real- 
izing the hopelessness of combating such 
cases except through long research and at 
heavy expense, have adopted the system of 
compromising them for as little as they can 
get off with — and generally that is a pretty 
heavy item. 

The man who is able to dislocate his hip 
has a great advantage over the insurance 
companies in this variation of the game. 
The case related here is one that started 
in Buffalo, N. Y., and ended in the uncov- 
ering of one of the smoothest cases that 
had ever drawn golden coin from the treas- 
uries of corporations. One day the agent 
of a casualty company in Buffalo received 
an application from the Niagara Falls of- 
fice from a man for a policy of $5000 acci- 
dent insurance. Two days afterward a 
message came by telephone from the emer- 
gency ward of a local hospital, stating that 
this man had suffered a dislocated hip and 
that he was then in the hospital. An in- 
vestigation was made by the company's 
physicians and the man found to really 
have a dislocated hip. Settlement, how- 
ever, was postponed, because only an appli- 
cation for the insurance had been made. 

Some weeks later, in Cleveland, Ohio, 
the company's adjuster, who had handled 
this case in Buffalo, was walking down the 
street when he caught sight of this plaintiff 
apparently walking as well as any other 
person on the street. He watched for a 
short time; then the man caught sight of 
the adjuster and recognized him. He im- 
mediately began to limp and appeared to 
be suffering painfully. The adjuster, fol- 
lowing up the hint that had been given by 
the man's perfect walk when he thought 
himself unobserved, prosecuted an investi- 
gation which, in the end, revealed that this 
person had the ability to throw his hip in 
or out of its proper place at will; and it 
subsequently was learned that a number 
of other insurance companies and several 
railroads had been victims of the scheme. 
Even when discovered, this man demanded 

a lump sum for a settlement, but finally 
was compelled to withdraw from the "easy 
money" field. 

Otherwise respectable and upright peo- 
ple when they get hard pressed for ready 
money will take long chances and resort 
to dishonest methods of obtaining it, de- 
clare insurance men who have handled 
many cases in all parts of the country. 
The story i^ told of a man, some of whose 
investments had gone wrong, leaving his 
institution tightly pressed for ready funds. 
It was afterward found out that he took 
out $10,000 accident policies in several com- 
panies at the same time, without any one 
of them knowing that the others had as- 
sumed the risk. Then he boarded a train. 
He was carrying a shotgun at the time, 
and as he stepped aboard contrived to 
stumble in such a way that the gun was 
discharged and his foot shredded so badly 
that it had to be amputated. 

Apparently it was a legitimate accident; 
but when it was learned that he had so 
recently taken out heavy insurance with so 
many companies, an investigation was made 
and it was learned that he was in ex- 
tremely bad financial condition. At that 
the companies found themselves unable to 
dispute his claim absolutely, and the cases 
were settled on a 50 per cent basis. 

Some people, if they can be reasonably 
assured of plenty of money for the re- 
mainder of their lives, do not ihind suf- 
fering the loss of a hand or foot, say the 
insurance adjusters. Then, too, fakers will 
take desperate chances of actual injury in 
order to make the insurance companies 
"come across." Many of these games are 
detected, and the companies refuse to pay; 
but in many others they have to give up 
at least part of the money their policies 
call for. 

The case is told of a school-teacher who 
took out several policies with various in- 
demnity companies, and, in order to col- 
lect on them in such amount as to be 
assured of future income, managed to let 
a street car run over an arm, crushing it 
so badly that it had to be amputated. The 
awkwardness with which this plan was car- 
ried out, however, aroused suspicion, and 

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an investigation by adjusters revealed the 
plot to get some of the "easy money." 

The average policy of this sort is so ar- 
ranged that double indemnity is paid for 
persons hurt while passengers on a moving 
transportation vehicle. One "easy money" 
plotter figured that since he was going to 
collect he might as well get double money, 
so he hired a taxi, and, during the ride, 
attempted to cut off his left arm with a 
hatchet Either the hatchet was too blunt 
Or his nerve failed, for he didn't manage 
to do a thorough job; yet he injured him- 
self sufficiently to give cause for making a 
claim against the insurance company. 

And, it was found when investigators 
delved into the case, that he was one of 
those determined characters who would 
press such a claim and that there would be 
prospect of his winning out in a jury trial; 
so in order to avoid the notoriety and un- 
favorable comment on the company which 
such suits are likely to cause, the matter 
was compromised and the man received 
some of the "easy money" he had fig- 
ured on. 

In some cases, however, either because 
the grafter is inexperienced or because he 
is careless, the work is so done that the 
intent to defraud can be detected easily. 
There i5 the case of a young man in 
Georgia who desired some money and de- 
cided to get it via the accident insurance 
route. He proceeded to blow off his left 
hand with a shotgun; then made the claim 
that the gun went off accidentally when he 
was attempting to pull some papers from 
the top shelf of a closet. However, the 
investigators in this case found that there 
were no blood marks near the closet and no 

small shot in the walls and floor, as there 
would have been had a shotgun been dis- 
charged there; whereas, in the center of 
the room there was a large pool of blood 
and several shot marks were found there. 

It also was demonstrated that this gun 
was provided with a safety attachment and 
that it could not be discharged unless some 
person with deliberate intent released the 
safety catch and pulled the trigger. The 
investigator, calling at the place to settle 
the matter, told the interested parties of 
this fact and offered to pay double the 
amount of the claim without further pro- 
test if they could make the gun go off once 
in ten trials by throwing it against a wall 
or on the ground. He also offered to con- 
duct the demonstration himself, in order 
that there might not be further damage to 
the injured party; but the claimant refused 
to permit any such demonstration to be 
made with the gun, thus convincing the in- 
vestigator of the correctness of his sur- 
mise and enabling him to maintain suc- 
cessfully that the company was not obliged 
to pay a cent in the case. 

New wrinkles constantly are being de- 
veloped by the fakers in the chase for 
"easy money," and the insurance and rail- 
road investigators have much skill and cun- 
ning to contend with in making their in- 
vestigations, but sooner or later they get 
onto all of them and the "easy money" 
artists are forced to "dig up a new one." 

The call of "easy money" is loud; many 
hear it and are lured by it; many develop 
riches from it; but in a majority of cases, 
he who wins in the game also is the loser 
in the end. "Easy money!" — Exchange. 

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Happy New Year. 

We hate to see you go, old year, 
Yoa*vc been so good a friend, 

But, like all goods things else in life, 
You have to have an end. 

There is a peach tree in the yard. 

Its branches brown and bare. 
To one who casually observes. 

But we know what is there. 

Each bud so insignificant 

Within holds folded up 
Soft petals, color of the rose, 

Protected by its cup. 

Soft veinings tell where summer bees 

Shall trail the honey dew. 
The old goes ever In the world. 

To make way for the new. 

Here, at the threshold of the year. 

We stand, nor can we guess 
God's plan for us, and yet we know 

There's no haphazardness. 

As blossoms in the May unfold 

So, when it is God's will. 
We'll know what part of the great plan 

We're destined to fulfill. 

And so, kind friends, I wish for you. 

Great courage for your part, 
A soul above all petty things, 

Firm hand and kindly heart. 

— Frank Fair. 

Don't Be a Slacker — Join the O. R. T. 

When the .sounder is clicking and the weather 

is fine, 
And you know all is well along the whole line, 
It's the rarest treat you ever have seen. 
To reach over and get your O. R. T. magazine. 

Start at the front and read it right through. 
You'll find it so interesting, straightforward and 

Advertisements, locals, miscellany, and all. 
That you'll hardly remember to answer your "call." 

Stand by it, boys, it's our one best bet. 
It's stood by us for years and yet 
There are fellows among us who grumble and say 
They would "like to join, but come around some 
other day." 

— J. R., Columbus, Ga. 

The Beginning of the Day at Nenana 

(As Observed by William Nelson Growden, 
U. S. Signal Corps.) 

Six o'clock in the morning, with a jingling the 

alarm goes oflF; 
Growden, third trick, slowly and painly awakens 

with a cough, 
Cuts the line through to the west, fills the stoves 

with wood. 
Begins to tidy up the office as all good **third 

tricks" should. 

Eight o'clock in the morning, a groan and a grunt 

are heard, 
Scanland, wire chief and boss, soon shows up as 

the early bird. 
Feels around in his pockets, gets the "makings," 

rolls a smoke; 
Listens to test and what he thinks of Gibbons 

makes him choke. 

Eight-thirty o'clock in the morning; a muffled 

thump and a roar; 
Mathews, chef, ruefully awakens to see Growden 

beat it out of the door; 
Slowly he dresses, as, with a far-away look, he 

hopes for the day 
When Growden will say, "How much money do I 

owe you? I've come to pay." 

Nine o'clock in the morning, and slowly, one by 

Kelly, the casual; Morris, first trick, and Mes- 
senger Dickenson 

Appear upon the scene with clothes half on and 
dragging feet. 

Smile and flirt with the cook, wondering when 
they will eat. 

Ten o'clock in the morning; breakfast is ready to 

be downed; 
Believing all present "check" Js about to be taken 

all around. 
When a vision of remorse approaches slowly 

through the door; 
It is Eckerson second trick who washes and hangs 

the towel on the floor. 

At last the gang is all present and another day 

Before night some will be drowsy, some merrily 

on a bun; 
So onward through life they go. toiling, rejoicing, 

.\II except Growden and Eckerson, who go through 

borrowing. — W. L. MoRRIS. 

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With Food Soaring. 

"Do you think two could live on $12.00 

**Weakly is the only way they could live 
on it." — Boston Transcript. 


First Nurse — He's very feverish, and his 
temperature has risen to 105 degrees. 

Second Nurse — I think he must be going 
to propose, dear. — London Opinion. 

The First Time. 

"When did you first become acquainted 
with your husband?" 

"The first time I asked him for money 
after we were married." 

Such is Married Life. 

"Archibald!" began his better half in 
angry tones, "my mind is made up" 

"Heavens!" interrupted the husband, "is 
that artificial, too?"— Pmc^. 


He — At the club a motion was made to 
buy a handsome velvet carpet, but it was 
laid on the table. 

She — What a queer place to put a velvet 
carpet. — Brooklyn Citizen. 


"I wonder why they don't put the stars 
and stripes on our stamps?" 

"Why every tongue would be against the 
act of exposing our national colors to a 
licking." — Birmingham Age-Herald. 

Reminiscent of Job. 

He (weakly) — It is good for you, Mrs. 
Houston, to come and see me when I'm 
so ill. 

She (gushingly) — Not at all; I wish it 
were more often. 

A Hint. 

Departing Diner — I'd like to give you a 
tip, waiter, but I find I have only my "taxi" 
fare left. 

Waiter — They do say, sir, that an after- 
dinner walk is very good for the 'ealth, 
sir ! 

Mr. Fortune Hunter. 

A lucky man on being asked how it 
felt to be engaged to a great heiress, re- 
plied: "Fine! Every time I kiss her I 
feel as if I were clipping a coupon off a 
government bond." 

His Reply. 

"Are you sure that you will be happy 
with me all your life?" she asked him. 

"No," he replied, "but you are the only 
girl I've ever seen with whom I'd be will- 
ing to take the chance of being unhappy 
with." — Detroit Free Press. 

Not Melodiously Gifted. 

"Don't you like our song, The Star- 
Spangled Banner?" 

"I do," .replied Senator Sorghum. 

"Then why don't you join in the chorus?" 

"My friend, tlie way for me to show 
real affection for a song is not to try to 
sing it." 


The man who stops to watch a new 
building going up isn't necessarily a loafer. 
The other day a young man thus employed 
was spoken to by a solemn individual who 
said : 

"My friend, arc you treasuring the pre- 
cious moments as you should? Do you 
realize that time is fleeting and — " 

"That's all right, mister," interrupted the 
young man; "I want it to fleet. If time 
were stationary I'd be out of a job. I'm 
a watchmaker." 

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Different Views. 

"Did you see the pleased expression on 
Mrs. Ward's face when I told her she 
looked no older than her daughter?" asked 
Mrs. Gibbs. 

"No," said Mrs. Bates, "I was looking 
at the expression on her daughter's face!" 


A father, fearing an earthquake in the 
region of his home, sent his two boys to 
a distant friend until the peril should be 
over. A few weeks later the father re- 
ceived this letter from his friend: 

"Please take your boys home and send 
down the earthquake." 

The Worid't Whirligig. 

Octavius — Yes, I had a little balance in 
the bank, but I got engaged two months 
ago, and now 

Gerald — Ah, love makes the world go 
round ! 

Octavius— Yes, but I didn't think it 
would go round so fast as to make me lose 
my balance! 

A Nice Prayer. 

Little Raymond returned home from 
Sunday school in a very joyous mood. 

"Oh, mother," he exclaimed, as he en- 
tered the house, "the superintendent said 
something awfully nice about me in his 
prayer this morning." 

"Isn't that lovely! What did he say, 
pet?" questioned his mother. 

"He said, 'O Lord, we thank thee for 
food and Raymond.* " — Harper's Magasine. 

Sure He Could See. 

Mrs. Brown is a very large woman. Be- 
sides her great number of pounds, she is 
also possessed of unusual timidity about 
crossing streets where the traffic is heavy. 

One day she stopped a policeman in the 
middle of the street. 

"Officer," she asked, "could you see me 
across the street." 

The officer turned and regarded her 
closely. "Madam," he replied, "I could see 
you for half a block!" — Judge. 

A country school teacher was cashing 
her monthly check at the bank. The teller 
apologized for the filthy condition of the 
bills, saying, "I hope you're not afraid of 

"Not a bit of it," the school teacher re- 
plied. "I'm sure no microbe could live on 
my salary!" — Tudor Jenks, 


Private Simpkins had returned from the 
front, to find that his girl had been walk- 
ing out with another young man, and natu- 
rally asked her to explain her frequent 
promenades in the town with the gentle- 

"Well, dear," she replied, "it was only 
kindness on his part. He just took me 
down every day to the library to see if you 
were killed." — Chicago Ledger, 

Hia Support. 

A certain magistrate had the reputation 
of being very hard on vagrants. One of 
these came before him charged with loiter- 
ing, and, after he had pleaded guilty, the 
magistrate put some questions to him, 
which he answered ready enough. 

"Have you any visible means of sup- 

"Yes, your Worship," replied Joe, as 
quick as lightning. Then, turning to where 
he perceived his wife in the audience, 
"Stand up, Mary, so that His Worship can 
see you." 

The Silver Lining. 

Crash! Bang! Wallop! 

Mrs. Newman rushed out to the dining 
room and saw Sara Ann sitting among the 
ruins of her best china. 

For an instant she was speechless with 
horror and anger. Then she cried : 

"Sara Ann, what on earth have you 

Sara Ann retrieved her cap from a sea 
of gravy and grunted: 

"It's the dinner things, mum! And oh, 
mum, what a good thing I hadn't washed 
'em up!" 

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THE smallest and most contemptible 
thing on God's earth is a slacker. 
The creature that will not stand up 
and fight for its own and permit others to 
battle in its defense, comes far from de- 
serving the name of man. I can tolerate a 
thief, I can put up for a time with a liar, 
but God deliver me from a slacker. 

But then there are slackers and slackers. 
Those who refuse to shoulder a rifle and 
fight in defense of their homes and their 
dear ones, and the institutions that make it 
possible for them to live and grow fat in 
security may possibly plead the excuse of 
physical fear. They may be constitutional 
cowards, the degenerate offspring of mor- 
ally deficient ancestors. 

But how about the industrial slacker, the 
man who persistently refuses to join his 
labor organization, who refuses to help 
support those who are fighting to secure 
better working ^conditions, who, like that 
other species of slacker, accepts the protec- 
tion and benefits won by others but refuses 
to help pay the bill ? Is ne, too, the inbred 
offspring of deficient ancestors? 

He is worse. The other slacker seeks to 
gain the same benefits that his more cour- 
ageous brother receives without earning 
them. This slacker is not content with 
that; he wants more. He is not only a 
coward, but a greedy, selfish, conscienceless 
hog as well. He reasons that if he keeps 
out of the fight against the employer class 
he may be rewarded by his employer by 
being given some of the spoils that are 
being taken from labor and given some 
official position in which he may more 
efficiently assist in the skinning of his 

Labor's fight against capital can become 
effective only when practically every labor- 
ing man is lined up on labor's side. The 
man who is not for labor is against labor. 

There can be no middle course, for the 
laboring man, at least. The working man 
who does not belong to his labor union is a 
traitor and a renegade as well as a coward. 

He is labor's most dangerous enemy to- 
day, much more dangerous than the capi- 
talist himself, because owing to his moral 
deficiency he will do things against his fel- 
low workingmen that the average capitalist 
would not stoop to. Indeed, practically all 
of capital's dirty work, the spying, the 
murdering of strikers, and other contempt- 
ible things, is done by renegade laborers. 

For the good of humanity it is impera- 
tive that the Kaiser and the Junkers be 
driven from power. The strangle hold that 
they have on the German people is not in 
keeping with the ideals of the twentieth 
century. Not only must they be driven 
from power, but they must be exterminated 
or placed where the world will be safe 
from them and their tenth century am- 

But while that battle is raging we must 
not forget that we have another battle here 
at home, a battle just as important to the 
welfare of humanity and much more im- 
portant to us individually. We have a few 
Kaisers here at home, just as overbearing 
and autocratic, lacking nothing but his in- 
sane desire to rule the world. 

And this battle of which we speak, this 
industrial conflict, is waged just as ruth- 
lessly as the conflict in Europe. Perhaps 
not so many able-bodied men are being 
slain; but when we count those who every 
day are being hurried prematurely to their 
graves through overwork and the worry 
incident to supporting a family on an in- 
sufficient wage, and the little children who 
either die just as they are beginning to 
taste of life or are doomed to go through 
life with a weak, stunted body as a result 
of lack of nourishment and the unsanitary 
conditions under which they aq;e forced to 
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live, and the hard work they are driven to 
perform before reaching a mature age, we 
find that there are quite as many casualties 
in this conflict as in the other. 

And the man who refuses to do his bit 
toward lifting the burden from the backs 
of our old men, our women and our chil- 
dren at no risk to himself, is immeasurably 
smaller and more contemptible than the 
man who is too big a coward to risk his 
life in helping to lick the Kaiser. 

C M. Miller, Greenville, Pa. 


There are still large numbers of people 
in the church who believe that it is their 
chief business to save their own souls and 
to convict other men of sin. There is just 
a grain of truth in this conception, but it 
is a mighty narrow, stingy outline of 
Christianity. It is true that a man must 
become the possessor of that which he 
offers to another. As a matetr of fact, ac- 
cording to the teachings of Jesus, when a 
man seeks to save the lives of others, by 
that same act is saving his own. Indeed, 
it is only as he saves other men that he. 
himself, will be saved. 

Some excellent people are saying that the 
message of Christianity is to the individual. 
True enough, but here's the message : "You 
are not strictly an individual, any more than 
the hand is an individual. You do not live 
for yourself. If you try to save your life, 
you will lose it. If you are willing to for- 
get your individuality, you will be saved.** 
It is not the chief business of the individual 
to save his own life. 

As to the matter of the church convicting 
men of sin, this is also quite in harmony 
with the teachings of Jesus. But it does 
not refer merely to sin in the abstract. 
It means that the church must convict men 
of sin in concrete cases ; the sin of child 
labor; the sin of the sweating system; the 
sin of under-pay and over-work; the sin 
of insufficient protection from fire in a shirt- 
waist factory; the sin of killing little chil- 
dren with a tenement house as well as with 
an axe; the sin of an economic system 
which deprives men of their natural rights. 
This is the business of the church. 

Rev. Chas. Stei-zle. 


By "Mack." 

(Continued form page 1787, December.) 

One of the greatest handicaps to the gen- 
eral uplift of the worker is the "Caste 
Ideal," a heritage of bygone days that stiU 
holds to life with a feeble grip fostered by 
clerical and many secular educational insti- 
tutions of present organized society. While 
the "Caste System" of far off India is 
looked on by the average worker in a feel- 
ing of semi-disgust and humor, still labor's 
ranks are not totally immune from its 
effects here. It has created some craft 
unions who have adopted the old Father 
Noah story as a guide, "I am sailing, let 
the rest sink." Craft organizations that 
look with disdain on the idea that their 
interests along class lines are identical with 
all who labor for a wage return, and assume 
a more holier than thou attitude, they are 
victims of a false ideal that places labor 
organizations in the respectable, semi-re- 
spectable and repulsive classes notwith- 
standing that all are organized on the same 
fundamental principles. Assist those who 
sell labor for a wage return. An analogous 
caste condition can be found in the last 
dying kicks of chattle slavery in America, 
when the planter-master picked a likely 
looking colored man for a house servant, 
arraying him in a suit of livery with brass 
button attachments, another was assigned 
to work in the hostelry, caring for the do- 
mestic animals. The former looked on 
the latter in a disdainful manner as some- 
thing beneath him, while neither would vio- 
late their dignity by talking to the common 
field nigger whose full-dress suit consisted 
of nothing more than a gunny sack. The 
master desired it this way, for a purpose, 
and the poor illiterate black man (that the 
laws of various States made it a crime to 
teach the alphabet) was not aware while 
enjoying these artificial caste distinctions 
that the blanket of slavery covered them 
all. This analogy may seem ridiculous to 
the average wage earner of today, but not 
more so than the worker who imagines be- 
cause he turns a brake he has nothing in 
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the man who makes a hat thinks he has no 
identity of interest with the man who pulls a 
throttle, or manipulates an electric lever, 
lays a brick, runs a linotype, mines a ton of 
coal, or any other craft in the industrial 
world. The line that divides wage earners 
are (as with the slave) purely artificial and 
not based in economic laws. The blanket 
of wages cover them all. A wage earner 
is a wage earner regardless of dress, or 
clothes, no matter if he is dressed in over- 
alls and blouse, or in broad cloth and brass 
buttons, if his face is covered with perspi- 
ration and grime, or decorated with van- 
dyke beard and gold rimmed eye glasses, 
pushing a pen or wheel barrow makes him 
a worker just the same; all have the same 
aspirations, all suffer the same wrongs that 
are part and parcel of the modem indus- 
trial order, while a slight difference may 
manifest itself in degree, it does not in 
kind. When the workers will do their own 
serious thinking they will refuse to be 
caught in the web of "Caste," and when 
they throw it on the scrap heap of antique 
things one of the greatest obstacles to the 
progress of the working class will be re- 
moved, to their advantage. 

L.\B0R Press. 
The early days of organized labor found 
no friend in "The Press." This great 
moulder of public opinion bent supinely to 
the predominating economic force — capital. 
Editorials on the labor question were in- 
spired, or edited in the business offices of 
industrial employers. The news columns 
were passed over to the counter to the 
highest bidder. Its attitude toward the 
workers was guided by how will it pay, in- 
stead of is it right. In this respect it has 
not improved in many, to many instances 
yet. The early trades unionist depended 
alone on organizations working in the in- 
dustrial field to improve his conditions, by 
request if possible, by force if necessary. 
The incentive that drew the units into mem- 
bership was furnished in the bitter school 
of experience, with necessity as a school 
master. Educational methods to increase 
membership, and with it progress and de- 
fense, were little used. With the growth 
of business organizations into community 
of interest groups came a special business 

press to defend their acts, advertise their 
general business welfare, sugar coat a busi- 
ness scheme for public consumption, or be- 
smirch the efforts of workers' organiza- 
tions. Organized labor was not slow to 
discover that they could expect nothing 
from the secular press, little from the re- 
ligious press, and only vilification from the 
journals of trade set to work to take ad- 
vantage of printer's ink, paper and brains 
as an educational and defensive measure, 
that today there is hardly a craft that does 
not issue a weekly or monthly publication 
outlining craft interests. In addition to 
these, in large labor centers, daily, weekly, 
semi-weekly and monthly publications pre- 
senting labors' views on passing industrial, 
political and sociological subjects. To this 
can be added the great Socialist propaganda 
press, published in every language of the 
Caucasian race, and beyond it, and no mat- 
ter how many wage earners may differ with 
its philosophy, they must acknowledge that 
this movement is filling a wonderful part 
as an educator, teaching the working class 
and enlightening them on subjects that in 
days gone by was confined to the privileged 
few. Professors in seats of learning and 
other intellectuals. The workers of today 
are studying political economic problems as 
they never did before. They are not the 
mysterious problems they were to the wage 
worker of half a century or more ago. 
While this school of materialistic science is 
often accused of fomenting strife and in- 
oculating the masses with revolutionary 
ideals the opposite is the truth. A review 
of history discloses the undeniable fact that 
all violent social upheavals that assumed 
revolutionary proportions in the past was 
a result of the ignorance of the masses of 
society on economic questions coupled with 
the efforts of the privileged and ruling 
powers to impress them that the prevailing 
conditions (no matter how cruel and intol- 
erable) were unchangeable. Herein is the 
labor and -Socialist press, and its classics 
acting in the nature of an insurance against 
such horrors as the French revolution. 
Educated people adapt themselves to evolu- 
tionary changes with more harmony and 
less travail than where illiteracy is the lol 
of the masses. With all this advancement 

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in the educational Held there is still a large 
gap to fill, many prejudices to banish, many 
jealousies to forget. There are many of 
the labor journals that could increase their 
efficiency along the lines of education but 
for fear of the "Bogy" of being considered 
radical, time will dispel this fear. History 
proves what is the radicalism of today is 
the conservatism of tomorrow. The 
knowledge is slowly entering these sanc- 
tums that if labor is to receive an advance 
education that will be beneficial to the 
laboring masses the entire labor press (craft 
journals included) must take the lead in 
doing so. Progress will be slow where a 
knowledge in great industrial questions are 
confined to a few leaders and ignorance to 
the lot of the many followers. All other 
educational institutions of society are either 
opposed or passive in an advanced educa- 
tion of the worker on these great problems. 
Labor's press (if it wishes to be educa- 
tional) must adopt the policy that when you 
use a worker's money to publish a labor 
journal, every word, phrase and sentence 
should be educational from a worker's 
standpoint. Other educational business 
publications confine their efforts in edu- 
cating their patrons to their own economic 
interests. The wrongs of workers are not 
in publication, but in commission, and truth 
is never radical. 

Political Action. 

A perusal of history discloses that in 
bygone economic periods the slave master 
and the baronial master had their greatest 
power in Government control. Legalized 
privilege was then, as it is now, eagerly 
sought and generously granted to the pos- 
sessor of wealth and property. The fran- 
chise privilege was withheld from the 
worker, and only granted in a limited and 
conditional manner to others. There never 
was a special privilege granted by authority 
that did not have a concomitant in a 
special victim. In modern industry the 
same unchangeable law rules, and labor 
organizations soon realized they filled the 
role of special victim. A few decades of 
years ago the adult franchise the worker 
enjoyed was used in a blind partisan way. 
The idea of bettering labor's conditions by 
legislative enactment was not thought of by 

the average wage earner, and the desire to 
do so never entered the mind of the average 
legislator. Adherence to a political party 
was controlled by several customs, many 
received their political leanings as they did 
their rheumatism — inherited it — others were 
swayed by light frothy prejudices that had 
no connection with their welfare as work- 
ingmen, and many followed whatever band 
wagon was capable of making the loudest 
noise, too many do so yet, automatically 
deposit their ballot swayed by party label, 
regardless of party policies and their eflFects 
on themselves as workers. It is little won- 
der they received scant consideration in 
party platform declarations; a few empty 
platitudes generally completed the part al- 
lotted to the laboring class. Legislative 
bodies regarded their requests as a joke, 
executive officials forgot them as soon as 
the ballots were counted, unless they hap- 
pened to make a militant effort to better 
their condition, and then he remembered 
them in a way that unfortunately they did 
not desire, but in many cases the impress 
did not remain until the next election, and 
they came back to lick the hand that smote 
them, last but not least the judiciary never 
forgot the worker. A review of this de- 
partment of Government in its attitude 
toward labor and labor organizations 
can hardly leave the reviewer in a 
rational composure. Every aggressive 
weapon of labor organization was made 
impotent by judge-made law of injunction, 
actions that constituted no crime under 
ordinary circumstances became a grievous 
one in a labor dispute. Some employers 
were enjoined for giving preference to 
union labor, some employers sustained be- 
cause they would employ nothing but non- 
union labor. Blanket injunctions were at 
times issued that enjoined the protesting 
v/orker from every right, but the right to 
think, but as the latter was a mental func- 
tion that could only be suppressed by death 
it was permitted to escape the judicial ban. 
Labors edict, "We will not patronize those 
who are unfair to us" had its teeth ex- 
tracted by the judicial dentist. A working- 
man can withdraw his patronage from an 
unfair employer or dealer, but he commits 
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pretation) if he informs his fellow worker 
about it. Volumes could be filled in the 
recitation of similar "justice" (?) as the 
result of indifference, and the workers lack 
of intelligent thought in the use ot his 
franchise. Within the last few years a 
slight improvement is noticeable in labor's 
political thought, for the reason the work- 
ing man is slowly but surely contracting 
the habit of thinking first and voting after- 
ward. The artificial halo around the 
judicial head has lost considerable of its 
lustre in the revelation that the wearer is 
none other than a former corporation or 
trust attorney and none the less one when 
dressed in a gown and assuming a dignified 
look. Workingmen are realizing that they 
are only human after all, and many hold 
iheir exalted position at the suggestion of 
some corporate or trust magnate for the 
purpose of rendering "justice" according to 
magnates' conception of it. 

Slight advancements have been made as 
the result of labor organizations* efforts 
in the political field. Executives give labor 

a partly respectful hearing, and working- 
men themselves fill legislative seats — State 
and National. Humanitarian legislation is 
given a partial consideration. Political ac- 
tivity on the part of organized labor did 
not escape censure of employers who in 
many cases themselves were politically ac- 
tive. This censure at times assumed a 
degree of open hostility. Trades unions 
were informed their functions should be 
confined to the industrial field alone, where 
only a few short years ago some of these 
same employers looked on them in the 
industrial field as something akin to semi- 
criminal. Organized business interests, 
through force of habit, looked on legisla- 
tive control as a kind of property right 
exclusively theirs, and labor organizations 
were in the light of trespassers. Labor 
has entered the political field to stay, re- 
gardless of its reception. Its efforts may 
meet rebuffs and failures, and success for 
a time be limited, but solidarity in the politi- 
cal field will in the future equal and per- 
haps exceed th^t shown in the industrial. 
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New Haven, Conn., Div. No. 29. 

A'. Y., N. H. & H. R. R., New Haven Division— 

As an explanation for the rising price of honey, 
the humorous clipping from which we quote 
seems about as plausible as some of the reasons 
advanced by the grafting profiteer, who at the 
present time rules more or less supreme in spite 
of governmental supervision of the necessities of 

"The vibrations in the air, caused by the firing 
of the big guns in Europe, cause the bees in 
America to tremble so that they spill most of the 
honey in flight from the blossom to the hive." 

The clipping attracted our attention as being 
pertinent to an important event in the history of 
our local organization rather than for its under- 
lying humor. 

For some years there has been a disposition on 
the part of the greater number of the train dis- 
patchers in our territory to cast their lot with our 
organization. Given to understand that they were 
considered as serving the company in an official 
capacity, the company has from time to time im- 
pressed upon them the fact that such alliance 
would render them undesirable. 

For reasons, therefore, that may be readily 
understodd, the situation was one requiring con- 
certed rather than individual application for mem- 
bership. Each recurring effort to this end had 
increased in intensity and recruits, but as regu- 
larly the noise, vibration, sense perception, or 
whatever you may choose to call it, of hostile 
guns, caused them to abandon further effort. They 
had, therefore, never been able to reach and de- 
posit their mite in the hive wherein has been con- 
served the fruits of many years* collective bar- 

Recognizrng the difficulties encountered, and 
appreciating the spirit that prevailed in the face 
of temporary defeat, we may well forget the past 
in now recording the election of sixteen dis- 
patchers to membership in Division 29 at the 
meeting of December 7th, with a total of seventy- 
five having been elected in Divisions 35, 37, 89 
and 29 out of a possible eighty dispatchers em- 
ployed on the system. The event is one which 
can not help but result in a mutual benefit to all 
concerned. Along with an addition to our mem- 
bership they bring a certain prestige. In return 
they will have invested and receive benefits not 
from an experiment, but an organization whose 
record of accomplishment stands second to no 
other in the railroad world in a like number of 
years from its birth. 

Nor is there any reason why it should prove 
detrimental to the company's service, but many 
reasons why the service should be improved. But 
argument along this line is more or less out of 
place here. As their entrance into the organiza- 
tion involves striking out the words **train dis- 
patchers" in Rule 1 of the schedule, it will be 
argued out across the general manager's table in 
the soon-to-follow negotiations. 

That arguments alone are unable to secure jus- 
tice may be adduced from the action just taken 
by our new friends. It is no less the experience 
of organization itself. In the final analysis issues 
are not reasoned out but fought out. You may 
talk for months across the table without avail if 
argument is the only weapon. Being already con- 
vinced as to the justice of your claims, the thing 
is to make them admit it. And that is what or- 
ganization is for. 

There is nothing of the firebrand about this. It 
is but what every sensible employe' and official 
knows. If any proof of the contention be needed, 
the records will show that a strike ballot must be 
taken just as regularly as negotiations are en- 
tered into. The fact is, much time would be saved 
if the ballot were put out at the start as a matter 
of formality. To call this "diplomacy" is only to 
give it a high-sounding name. The end can never 
be a voluntary act. Force must always be brought 
to the rescue of reason. 

Diplomacy in negotiations may be typified by 
the following story: In a nearby asylum an in- 
mate escaped to the roof for the purpose of jump- 
ing off. Pursued and caught by the keeper, they 
rolled in the tussle to the edge of the roof. Both 
about to be dashed to the ground, the keeper said 
to the nut, "Let's go down and jump up." "All 
right," he replied, and the incident was closed. 
The only difference is, the members of a general 
committee are not "nuts." 

The crux of the matter, of course, will come, 
not from paying a relatively few men increased 
salaries, of whom it may be said they are in rela- 
tion to their responsibilities among the most 
poorly paid class of employes, but, rather, that 
another unit of strength is to be added to an 
already effective organization. 

Discouragement to this end has previously come 
by a slight increase in the dispatchers' salary after 
each of our own schedule revisions. In recalling 
the words of a great thinker, "small favors they 
do but lull men to sleep — both as to caution and- 
industry." it reflects credit to their wisdom as 
well as their courage, that they have seen the light 
and are now facing the other way. 

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In numbers, enthusiasm and all things that go 
to make a meeting worth while, the meeting of 
December 7th left little to be desired. 

A new member was taken in who acknowledged 
to forty-four years* experience. While falling some- 
what short of the fifty-year man presented by 
"Old Stub,*' no less credit is due Bro. Tourtel- 
lottc for this application. The new brother has 
only to present himself at a meeting to receive 
the hand of fellowship as a mark of appreciation 
in which bis application is held. 

The general committee having been in session 
for some time building the new schedule which 
was presented to the company on December 3d, 
General Chairman Ross read the same and an- 
swered many questions in regard to points of its 

That it embodied nothing more than a just and 
fair expression of the needs of the hour was voted 
in unanimous approval. .Among other things, it 
requested: An eight-hour day, a six-day week, 
time and a half for Sundays and holidays, vaca- 
tions for all, and 30 per cent increase in salary. 
This means 30 per cent on the pay roll, the indi- 
vidual apportionment to be agreed upon later on. 

The six-day week means that the increase shall 
be added to the present weekly salary, this amount 
to be the salary for six days' work. If compelled 
to work Sundays and holidays, these are to be paid 
for in addition at a time-and-a-half rate. In the 
greater number of these things we are asking for 
no more than what has been secured by several 
roads who have settled during the course of the 
last few months. Conditions absolutely require 
it, and there will no doubt be a much quicker 
settlement than that of the last schedule revision. 

Coming from such a distance, it must be en- 
couraging to the general committee to note the 
namber who are coming from the Highland and 
Hartford Divisions. With the thermometer near- 
ing zero, it requires some spirit to come and re- 
turn by auto to Watcrbury at midnight. Prac- 
tically every chair was occupied, and thus no 
complaint is in order, but it somehow puts to 
shame the many stay at homes in New Haven who 
do not have to do much more than walk across the 

Letters were read from several of the boys at 
the front — Bro. Leinweibcr, who is at Camp Dev- 
ens, and Bro. W. W. Kelly, from somewhere in 

The resolutions drawn up upon the death of 
Bro. Ball, dispatcher in Waterbury, having been 
engrossed and framed for presentation to the 
family, were brought to the meeting by Bro. Dowd, 
chairman of the committee, and lay upon the altar 
during the session. The beautiful sentiments ex- 
pressed, together with the perfect hand work done 
with the pen received much favorable comment. 
The work was done by former Bro. Doolan, of 
Waterbury, to whom a vote of thanks was extended 
for his contribution to this worthy end. Being out 
of the service for some time, it is hoped, never- 
theless, to welcome him as a brother once more 
in the near future. 

A vote of sympathy having been extended to 
Bro. Joslin, of Division 35, upon the death of his 
father, the secretary was instructed to convey 
the same to him in his bereavement 

Bro. Colwell, of **NH" general office, who under- 
went an operation in the New Haven hospital for 
intestinal trouble some weeks ago, is reported 
to be getting along favorably and gaining in 

Bro. Wheaton, of Waterbury, who was operated 
on for stomach trouble in New Haven some time 
last winter and has been trying to regain health 
at his home in Canada for some months, is re- 
ported to be improving, with the expectation of 
soon returning to work at the key. 

Bro. Stevens, of East Lyme, has been absent 
from duty for some time on account of sickness, 
with no immediate prospect of his return. 

Bro. Bruhns, of Lyme, has returned to duty after 
a few days* vacation spent visiting friends in 
Poughkeepsie, New York City and the interme- 
diate territory. Bro. Bruhns carries the creden- 
tials of being one of the honor men in the organ- 
ized commercial field during its eventful life of 
years ago, and with no less vigor always to be 
found at the meetings and actively engaged in 
the organized railroad life of today. 

Bro. Robillard, of "NH" general office, together 
with his son, spent Thanksgiving Day in a jaunt 
to New York. 

Bro. Joyce, dispatcher in *'BS** New Haven, 
entertained his brother, M. J. Joyce, and wife 
over Thanksgiving. Employed on the Ulster & 
Delaware R. R. at West Hurley, N. Y., he was 
enjoy, np a two weeks' vacation visiting New 
England and other points of interest. 

Bro. Skibbe has returned to duty after several 
weeks' lay-off on account of sickness. 

W. B. Shalkop, Div. Cor. 

Providence, R. I., Div. No. 35. 

There were nearly 100 present Saturday night, 
December 15th, at our regular meeting, an unusu- 
ally large attendance, many of whom came to 
learn something in regard to the new schedule 
just handed the New Haven Company. 

Both General Chairman Ross and Local Chair- 
man Joslin were on hand and gave us encouraging 
news, as every member should get it, first-handed 
and in the lodge room. Details can not be en- 
tered into here, but we can say that the outcome 
is reassuring as to results anticipated. 

A good batch of applications was received and 
acted upon, a hopeful sign showing that on this re- 
newed demand for a revision of schedule we are 
working together as one man, as never before — 
the power behind the general committee as it 
progresses with the task in hand. We are glad to 
learn also that our sister divisions are adding 
many new members to their list. 

This was also the annual meeting and election 
of officers of our Beneficial Association, and the 
night when the annual refund was handed out; 

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this time being $10.80 to each member in good 
standing. Coming as it does just before Christmas, 
was very timely for many for holiday use and also 
afforded some of them ready money with which to 
step up to the desk of the division secretary-treas- 
urer and pay their dues — a splendid thing any way 
you wish to look at it. The year's work showed 
splendid results, under the leadership of Bro. 
W. J. Brenner, Secretary Bro. Eaton and Col- 
lector Bro. Fletcher Brady; the interests of the 
association having been ably handled, which was 
fully appreciated by everyone who enjoys the 
benefits of being a member. 

Bro. Eaton, feeling he must retire because of a 
change in his work which made it impossible to 
serve as the duties of the oiHce require, requested 
that he be not re-elected, and his request was 
granted with regret because he has rendered able 
and efficient service, and a new secretary-treasurer 
and one new member on the board of managers 
were the only changes in the officers for the ensu- 
ing year, the result of the election being as fol- 
lows: President, Bro. W. J. Brenner; vice-president, 
Bro. J. D. Vanderbeek; secretary -treasurer, Bro. 
Harold Webster; collector, Bro. Fletcher Brady. 
Because of other exacting duties, Bro. G. E. Joslin 
retired from the board of directors and was suc- 
ceeded by Bro. Gaffney. 

In the absence of President Brenner, Vice- 
President Vanderbeek presided over the annual 

There should be many additions to our member- 
ship as the new year opens. Great good is being 
done through this department. If those not in 
it could hear the testimony of the good derived 
by members who have been helped by it, they 
would quickly be found presenting an application 
card, properly filled in, and share in the benefits 
to be derived as necessity may require. 

We are glad to hear that Bro. Fred Knowlton, 
after spending eleven weeks in the hospital fol- 
lowing a successful operation for appendicitis, has 
resumed at first Olive street, Attleboro, relieving 
Bro. W. O. Brosseau, who returns to second trick 
East Junction, vice Bro. Oscar Demers, back to the 
spare list 

The record for 1917 has been completed, and, 
all things considered, it has been the best ever 
for our grand organization. New schedules have 
been put into effect, almost too numerous to men- 
tion, with the outlook for even better ones during 
1918. On many roads they were the first schedules 
ever secured, while on many others they were rcr 
newed contracts, every one showing an improve- 
ment over previous ones. We are nowhere near 
the top yet in many of the things due us, which 
we must continue to labor for, but being a pro- 
gressive organization, the new year will no doubt 
have in store for us many agreeable surprises. 

Believing this to be the supreme object and 
effort of both officers and members, it affords me 
the greatest of pleasure to wish you all the happi- 
est and most prosperous New Year ever. 

J. D. v., Div. Cor. 

New Rocheile, N. Y., Div. No. 37. 

Our regular meeting, Friday evening, December 
14th, was called to order by Chief Telegrapher 
Woods, Bro. Tiger acting as past chief in the ab- 
sence of Bro. McMahon, Bro. Sullivan as marshal 
and Bro. Duryea as guard. 

F. L. Northrup, L. L. Seeley, H. S. Gilbert, 
J. Finelli and F. Wandfphlug were elected to mem- 
bership and welcomed as new brothers of this 

Genera] Chairman Ross and Local Chairman 
Tiger both gave us an interesting talk. 

A system division was talked of but no action 
taken, as those present were of the opinion, as 
we have gotten along very nicely so far, that we 
can continue to do so in the future, as far as this 
division is concerned. 

Bro. McDonald, who relieved Bro. McGuire on 
third S. S. 12 several nights, also relieved En- 
right, third S. S. 4, one night, and Waterbury, 
New Rochclle, one day, later relieving Bro. West- 
over, second S. S. 20, for several days* hunting' 

Bro. Liebfried, first 'leverman S. S. 22, was 
relieved a few days by Bro. Wooley, who also 
assisted at Stamford, December 2d, and later 
relieved Bro. Clay, first S. S. 8, several days; 
Bro. Christman, third S. S. 23, several nights; 
Qro. Putnam a few days, and also several days on 
second S. S. 12, West Chester yard. 

Bro. Haniquet went to second S. S. 22 as lever- 
man a few days; relieved Bro. Frank Taylor, first 
leverman S. S. 4, Oak Point, several days on ac- 
count of sickness; relieved several nights at Mt. 
Vernon, and also relieved Doxey, third cabin 2, 
on the "Bridge." Bro. H. S. Gilbert is on second 
cabin 2. 

Bro. Putnam and wife enjoyed a trip to New 
Haven recently. Bro. Tiffany, first S. S. 33, 
was also a recent New Haven visitor, scouting for 
"sugar," and met Bro. Brown, of Division 29. 

Bro. Place bumped Wiley, third leverman S. S. 
44, South Norwalk, on account of leverman S. S. 
27 being abolished. Switchboard operators at S. S. 
38 were also abolished, causing Bro. Duryea to 
bump Smith, S. S. 21, Bro. Ferguson bumping 
Mace, second leverman S. S. 22, and Bro. Davis 
resigned when his job was cut out. 

Bros. McMahon and Nugent, Port Chester, 
worked twelve hours for several days; Bro. Gould, 
nights there, being off on account of sickness; 
Bro. Rielly, first S. S. 21, and Smith also worked 
twelve hours one day recently, also Bros. Durkin 
and Taylor, at S. S. 4, a few days, owing to the 
shortage of men. 

Bro. Stamford worked third S. S. 21, Mt. Ver- 
non, several nights and first "BM" several days. 
Local Chairman Tiger, while on schedule work, 
was relieved several nights on S. S. 38 by Bro. 
Brophy, who also went to first "PF" a few nights. 
Brothers, pay your dues promptly and get in the 
few nons; also come out to the meetings. Our 
committee is negotiating for a new schedule, and 
the meeting is the place to find out what is going 
on; also remember, "No card, no favors." 

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New York, N. Y^ DIv. No. 44. 

Bro. Croope, third Queens, was ofiF a few days 
recently on account of sickness. 

Bro. Carlough, third Floral Park, is again laid 
ap with a bad attack of rheumatism. 

Bro. Maxwell, second Blissville, called in the 
draft was relieved by a new man from the Panama 

Bro. Argust is temporarily on third ticket job 
at Jamaica, relieved at Mollis by Bro. Powell. 

Bro. Gray, first "YD" cabin, St. Albans, was 
disappointed at not being relieved on vacation to 
help move the heavy potato crop from his farm 
in South Jersey. It probably would have re- 
duced his aldermanic corporation somewhat. 

Bros. Thoma and O'Rouke, while on general 
committee work, were relieved by Hanlon and 

Bro. Willdns on sick list, relieved by Bro. 
Hughes on third Hempstead Crossing; Kelly on 
first there, vice Bro. Pierce, to Hicksvillc second. 
Bro. Groth, who relieved Bro. E. V. Willis, first 
Queens, several days on account of sickness, later 
bid in Hammels Jet. second. 

Bro. Curialc, third leverman "J** tower, Jamaica, 
was off sick several weeks recently. 

Bros. A. F. Morganweck, R. E. Jordan, E. S. 
Oliver, W. B. Gordon, N. B. Passwater and M. 
Goldman have been drafted and are now at Camp 
Upton. We are sure they will all make good 
soldiers for "Uncle Sam" and hope that they will 
return safely to us when the war is over. 

Ceet. 94. 

Pittsburg, Pa., Div. No. 52. 

PiUsburg & Lake Erie R. R.— 

Our regular meeting, held Saturday night, De- 
cember 15th, was attended only by the regular 
bunch. There are a lot of first and third trick 
men who could attend these meetings very handy 
and see what is going on, instead of calling each 
other up on the wire to find out if the committee 
has gone in yet. 

We are glad to welcome our new brothers, 
Telegrapher Hawthorne, second "CH" tower, and 
Telegrapher Mueller, extra "MA." 

Bro. Eicholtz to first "JM" tower vice Win- 
ters, to "DE" Pittsburg. 

Bro. D. M. Laurence, Beaver days, has re- 
signed and enlisted in the navy, and Mathews, 
second "CA" tower, has gone South. Operator 
are very scarce and it's hard to get relief. 

All yard masters were given a raise of $15 a 
month, effective December 1st, with two days a 
month off, making their salaries $165; some money 
compared to ours. 

Understand Bro. Shaffer, third "FM" tower, has 
invented a machine to- give long-distance grand 
opera at $3.05 a performance. 

Eleven jobs were up for bids on the last sheet; 
plenty of chance for an extra man to get a regular 

Bro. Boycr, second "DU" Thirty-fourth street, 
was relieved by C. L. Allen several weeks on ac- 
count of sickness; Cook, a new man, relieving 
Allen on second Rankin. Cert. 742. 

Grand Trunk Ry., DIv. No. 1. 

Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth Districts and C. 
S. & Af .— 

I am very much disappointed with the response 
of the members to our appeal to contribute one 
month's increase. The Chicago Division is the 
lowest on the system; less than 20 per cent having 
contributed to date. It is necessary that these 
contributions be sent in if we are to hope for an 
early revision of our schedule. The expenses of 
our last negotiations were heavy, and before we 
can undertake to meet the management again it 
will be necessary to collect. 

Some of the brothers seem to think that the 
dues should be sufficient to meet all expenses, in- 
cluding those of a schedule committee, but if they 
will stop and think they only pay each year into 
the. division treasury $12.00, of which the Grand 
Division gets $4.50, and expenses take up what is 
left. Every time we hold a meeting we pay for 
the hall. Postage amounts to a neat sum in the 
course of a year. The expenses of the local chair- 
man, general chairman, general secretary and treas- 
urer and organizers all come out of those dues. 
Then consider the expenses of a committee and 
figure how long it would take to accumulate enough 
out of the dues to pay them. 

Bro. Eddy has said that the committee is ready 
to go to Montreal in the interests of the members 
at any time, but it can not be done with our pres- 
ent finances. If you want the Order to help you, 
you must help it by doing your part to keep it 
financially able to do so. In any event you get 
more out of the Order than you put into it. 

The second meeting since Bro. Hogue was 
elected local chairman held in South Bend, Novem- 
ber 23d, was called to order at 8:45 p. m. Pres- 
ent: General Chairman Eddy, Local Chairman 
Hogue and ten members. 

Bro. Eddy gave figures showing the standing of 
this division on voluntary contributions compared 
with the rest of the system. 

It appears some of the members nurse a griev- 
ance because the first-trick men get more pay than 
second and third trick. Generally speaking, the 
first hours are the heaviest. A schedule committee 
has a big, complicated job, and it is impossible 
to avoid some mistakes. Bro. W. H. Hogue, local 
chairman, when the last agreement was made, said: 
"We see now that we made some mistakes, but if 
we were to do it over we could do no better." 

Making the system a "closed shop" was dis- 
cussed, and the method employed on the Boston 
Elevated of leaving it to the company to deduct 
the dues from the pay roll and turn them over to 
the Order was mentioned, but the proposition 
that advances in wages and changes in rules should 
apply only to men holding an up-to-date card was 
held to be more satisfactory, as it would leave no 
doubt that the Order had secured the raise. This 
would not make membership in the Order com- 
pulsory, but the nons would have to admit that 
"The Order is the Thing" and make them get in 

Mrs. N. M. Burke, agent Mt. Greenwood, and 
C. D. Smith, extra, are our new members for 

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Bro. C. D. Smith relieved Bro. Koon and 
Rice and Lee, at Schoolcraft, on vacations. The 
two latter do not hesitate to take this two weeks* 
vacation each year, and we should see that they 

Assignments: Bro. R. R. Sharma to Blue Island 
third, vice F. S. Daniel to first there, vice Onyan 
to Imlay City agency; Mr.. Watson to city passen- 
ger and ticket agent Chicago when passenger agency 
Bay City was abolished and passenger accounts 
taken over by the freight agent there. F. F. Carroll, 
from the K. C. S., to second Belsay; Bro. Steel 
to Port Huron, vice Bro. Cheadle, resigned, to 
locate nearer home; Bro. H. Davis, second Sed- 
ley, to first Marcellus; Bro. J. H. Miller, from 
third, to first Griffith; L Mead to Elba agency, 
pending bids, vice Bro. J. K. Banks, to first 
Davidson; Bro. Rex to first Saginaw pending bids, 
vice Bro. C. V. Hart, gone with an auto factory 
in Flint. 

Bro. Harmon's wife has been very sick and his 
little son had his leg broken. He has had more 
than his share of bad luck. 

Bro. Burk, Pt. Huron, was relieved a week re- 
cently by Browell, a new man, on account of the 
death of his father. 

Bro. Fairchild, Pt. Huron, while on vacation, 
stopped off to see the boys at Charlotte, and Bro. 
T. G. Wright, Bay City, spent a Sunday in Chi- 
cago recently. 

Bro. Watrous, second Bellcvue, relieved Bro. 
Westwood on first there, while being operated on 
for appendicitis, and Bro. Clifford, second Emmett, 
was relieved for the same reason by Hibbard, who 
also relieved Obert, at Harvey, on vacation. 

Bro. Haun is now at Camp Farragut, * Great 
Lakes, 111., where there's lots of eats and fine 
barracks. He says the first few weeks of army life 
consist mostly of shots in the arm. 

Dispatcher Cornell was off a few days recently 
with the grippe. 

Agency Elba, first Trowbridge, second Belsay, 
and third at Flint, Morrice, Lansing and Griffith 
are up for bids. 

Bro. Hogue made a successful trip over the line 
recently, in a drive after new members and back 

It is time to pay semiannual dues and get our 
new cards. Don't put if off until the last minute, 
you probably will be just as short February 1st as 
you are now. Tell the grocer that you used the 
money to pay your dues in the organization that 
makes it possible for you to pay your grocery bills, 
and he will let you off until next pay day. 

"HiB," Cert. 2509. 

"Big Four" Ry., DIv. No. 3. 

CI ez' eland Division — 

Bro. H. T. Sloan, first Galion, is on committee 

Bro. Clutter, third St. James, was off sick re- 
cently, and Bro. Collins, second there, was off a 
few days on account of the death of his mother; 
relieved by Miss Flannery, from the Erie. 

Bros. Pane and Colmery were obliged to double 
several days at Cardington, Bro. Gallagher, of 
third there, being on the sick list. 

Assignments: Second Ashley to Bro. Doods; 
third to Bro. Joe McCarteny; agency Lewis Center 
to Bro. Thomas, and third Crestline to Bro. Mar- 
ring. On bulletin: **JD" Lindale, second Long- 
ville and third Clark avenue. 

Some of you brothers are not living up to the 
motto, "No card, no favors." 

1 wish some of the brothers would send me 
some news, as I can't get all of it. 

H. W. C, Cert. 1499. 

P. & E. Division— 

Harvey Bever assigned second Tremont, vice 
O'Leary, killed by auto turning turtle near Pekin. 

Bro. Hodges, agent Linnsburg, off with la 
grippe, which terminated in a wedding ceremony. 
The newlyweds are spending their honeymoon 
visiting in Peoria. Congratulations. 

On bulletin: First dispatcher's office Indian- 
apolis and Urbana yard ; second at Veedersburg and 
*'KD," and Oakwood agency. Operators arc very 

Bro. Rood, agent Gillmcr, was called very sud- 
denly to attend the funeral of his sister. Wc ex- 
tend Hhn our deepest sympathy. 

Bro. Gossett, second Veedersburg, has joined 
the colors, and Bros. Jefferson, agent Fithian, and 
Reese, agent St. Joseph, are contemplating enlist- 
ment in the signal corps. 

Brothers, don't forget to send me items from 
your station. It is hard to get them any other 
way. Ceet. 2217. 

The brothers were all sorry to hear of the death 
of Bro. I. D. Stevens, agent at Elizabethtown for 
several years. We will miss the old familiar voice 
on the wire for car reports each morning. 

Bro. Wiley is relieving Buchanan on second 

Bros. Howard and Myers are trying the examin- 
ations for the aerial corps. 

Bro. Tracy, Griffith, was relieved a few d>ys on 
account of his son at Camp Chillicothe being sick. 

Sister Mamie, at Fairland, has on exhibit a 
train order dated 1907, during the high water, 
copied over the trolley wire of the traction line 
operating between Lawrenceburg Jet., carrying 
2,200 volts. An engineer who went to Panama 
and returned several years later to Fairland, also 
has a copy of the order, and a reward is being 
offered for the original. Ckrt. 2292. 

C, St. p., M. A O. Ry., Div. No. 4. 

Western Division — 

Owing to^the fact that most all the roads in our 
territory have revised their schedules, outdis- 
tancing the salaries paid by the Omaha, we are 
nearly depopulated as far as telegraphers are 
concerned. Our revision a year ago overcame 
the embarrassed condition then existing in the 
telegraph department, but we now find ourselves 
in straightened circumstances, and an immediate 
relief must be forthcoming or the few telegra- 
phers we will be able to retain will be more 
sorely embarrassed. It is to be regretted that any 

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btisiness firm or individual should take advantage 
of the war to practice profiteering on the strug- 
gling and patriotic population of this country, 
but this is being done in many of our little vil- 
lages, larger towns and cities. Home products 
are being commissioned, stored and held for higher 
prices to such an extent that many carloads con- 
trolled by commission merchants have been left 
to spoil while the people &re in want and suffer- 
ing. Prices on meats, flour and other necessaries 
of life have been doubled, and in some instances 
trebled, in price until the stage has been reached 
where the average wage-earner must go without 
them because his salary is not sufficient to permit 
him to purchase them, and relief must soon be 
forthcoming to avoid acute suffering this winter. 

The patriotic solicitors make no secret of the fact 
that railroad people meet their solicitations readily. 
We have met the call of the "Red Cross," "the Y. M. 
C. A.,*' "Liberty Bond" and "Home Guard" move- 
ments, and every other patriotic movement through- 
out our country, and in return for this we realize 
each month that more and more of our hard- 
earned money is being taken from us by the 
realistic "high cost of living" until we have 
reached a point where we can not even further 
respond to solicitations for patriotic movements 
no matter how much inclined we may be. But in 
the horizon we believe we see relief, as we be- 
hold the splendid concessions recently granted 
our brother^ on the C. R. I & P., C. M. & St. P. 
and C. B. & Q., and with bated breath listen for 
the result of the C. & N. W. negotiations, hoping 
that our committee will soon be able to bring to 
us that which we are so earnestly looking for. 

Bro. Wm. Werner, relieved at Lime Creek by 
Rice, a new man, dropped in for a few moments' 
chat recently on his way to visit relatives in 

We are pleased to learn that Bro. Kleeman's 
wife is improving and that he will soon be able 
to take his job at Avoca, now being held for him 
by C. L. Slaybaugh. 

Assignments: Bro. E. F. Smith, relieving on 
third Blue Earth, has been transferred to Shako- 
pee, vice H. Phillips, to third Belle Plaine tempo- 
rarily; B. F. Fuller, Pipestone, to second Savage; 
Bro. Mason to Le Sueur temporarily, relieved at 
Lawrence by Johnson, a new man. 

Bro. C. F. Ziebarth, now with the N. P. in 
Montana, is visiting relatives and friends at Man- 

Bro. J. N. Alvord, of St. James, was in Man- 
kato on December 22d, renewing old acquaint- 
ances, etc. 

Fifty-one new members, including three ladies, 
were received during the past two months, Quite 
a record. 

Bro. V. B. Mitchell, our new local chairman on 
the North, is doing himself proud. In addition to 
bringing about a change of heart in our old friend 
Lindquist, at Cumberland, he also secured the 
application of Miss Moehlen, of Cornell. 

Many of the boys, in remitting their current 
dues, s^em to labor under the impression that they 
received the wrong "notice of dues slip"^ and change 
it to their original certificate number. This is 

wrong. Every member above No. 7 has been given 
a new number and we trust that none will allow 
themselves to be delinquent or to be dropped 
from the rolls for the non-payment of dues under 
the new certificate numbers. Show our new 
sisters that there are no "slackers" in the ranks 
of the male telegraphers on the Omaha. 

Bro. A. R. Mann, Jr., is now at Sibley, Iowa, 
in the real estate business, which we predict he will 
make as great a success of as he did in teleg- 
raphy, and hope he will continue his membership 
in the Order just the same. 

Bro. C. J. Rathman is one of the busiest men 
on the Omaha road in his new capacity of travel- 
ing freight agent. His wife is visiting friends in 
the South. 

Brothers and sisters, the year just closed has 
been a great one from many standpoints. Our 
work has been much heavier than in any other 
similar period, and our membership has grown 
larger than in any previous twelve months in 
the history of our organization. 

As we look back over the past year, we are fully 
grateful to you one and all for the assistance you 
have lent us; for your active and earnest co- 
operation at all times; for the pleasant recollec- 
tions experienced in our transactions with you 
and my associate officers, where harmony has ever 
been the predominating feature, and without which 
no such success as we enjoy could be obtained. 

Your auditing committee will soon tell you of 
the business your organization has done; the con- 
ditions it finds things in at headquarters and 
whether or not yours truly has carried out your 
wishes. We counsel you at this time to care- 
fully study the reports of this committee, scrutin- 
izing every item, each one of which is indicative 
of a certain function. Give importance to your 
membership at the close of the year and also the 
financial conditions; then look back over the his- 
tory pages a few years and compare the progress 
made by your organization. 

With the kindliest feeling toward every one, I 
wish you all a profitable, happy and enjoyable 
New Year. D. O. Tennev, G. S. & T., 

Mankato, Minn. 

Eastern Division — 

We are pleased to note that it is again Bro. 
Johnson, at Tunnel, one of the old guard, who, 
owing to misfortune and bad luck, became delin- 
quent. We also welcome Bro. Hoey, exclusive 
agent at Neillsville, to our midst, making that 
place solid again after a number of years. 

Bro. Erickson, agent Hustler, was relieved a 
few days by Bro. Haberman, who later relieved 
Bro. Bartness on first there, to work in munition 
plant at Washburn. We are sorry to lose him. 
The new man who relieved Bro. Haberman on 
third Sheppard, fresh from the Minneapolis ham 
school, will consider our proposition to join the 
O. R. T. after the war. Bro. Kuhn, Knapp, also 
relieved a few nights on third Sheppard. 

Bro. Westberg, who relieved Bro. Moore on 
second Levis, who relieved Bro. Wold on first, 
while he went out and brought home the deer, 
later went to Menomonie Jet third. 

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Bro. Cutler has resigned and gone to the Mil- 

Bro. Liddane is busier than a hen with a large 
brood these days. He is right there with the 
goods. We have a splendid bunch of men on the 
committee and should help thenl in every way 
possible. Cbbt. 7. 

Northern Division — 

We have now entered another year; when we 
look back over our accomplishments of the one 
just closed we wonder what is in store for us this 
year, how many will be with us, what our circum- 
stances will be, wondering if we can see a ray of 
hope ahead. But if the past year has not been to 
us what it should have been, let us determine to 
fight on and on until the highest pinnacle of suc- 
cess is reached. 

First let us all make a solemn vow that we will 
devote the best that is in us to the interests of this 
noble Order, not only in a financial way but by 
being a live one, and pulling for its success, as 
it is our only salvation. Give no rest to the nons 
until we get them into the fold and make our 
strength what it should be. If every brother, this 
coming year, would get just one into the fold, 
there would be no nons, as we would be 100 per 
cent strong. Let every brother make an effort to 
do this, and we will be well repaid for our labor. 

Bro. D. G. Knapp, recently called home on 
account of the sickness of his father, is back again 
on Hawthorne third. 

Bro. Gormclly, off some time on account of sick- 
ness, relieved McGarrah, third Itasca, a few days 
recently, on a deer hunt. 

C. F. Strausbcry, Rockmont, was off a few days 

Bro. L. W. Johnson, returned from vacation, is 
on third Hawthorne pending bulletin. 

Solon Springs is again solid, Bros. Jann and 
Lund having handed me their applications re- 
cently. Two fine boys. We arc glad to welcome 
them into the Order. Shell Lake is also solid, 
as it is now Bros, LaValle and Bergen. Bros. 
Steiner and Stouffer having helped me greatly to 
line them up. 

We have two good solid brothers at Tascott, 
but *'Meff" won't pay up and help carry his part 
of the burden. Keep after him, boys. 

Your local chairman had the pleasure of a 
pleasant visit from Bro. Brooks, of Spooner, a few 
Sundays ago. Every one is always glad to see 
"HI," and glad he has the chance to get out once 
in awhile. 

J. W. Quinn is back on the road again at Bay- 
field as agent. Glad to see Jim with us. Here 
is a chance for some of you brothers on the Wash- 
burn line to get busy. 

We have several ladies on the system now. Mrs. 
Muehler, at Cornell days, has promised to get in 
line. You boys on the Cornell line show these 
ladies every courtesy and have patience with them. 

I want to wish you and yours the happiest kind 
of a New Year, and hope that 1918 may shower 
many blessings upon you, and those dear to you. 

Cut. 330. 

Bro. F. R. Hallisey, Ferry first, who went to 
St. Joseph's hospiul to undergo an operation for 
appendicitis, was relieved by Bro. W. D. Whitaker, 
relieved at First St., Sioux City by J. Shearer. 
Bro. Geo. Fox is on third Ferry, vice Bro. B. A. 
Laharty, gone to the Western Union. 

Bro. E. Wood, unsuccessful in getting into the 
navy, has returned to First St. third. We are 
glad to see him again. 

Bco. L. A. Thomas has gone to the navy, and 
as yet no one has relieved Bro. Strumpf, at Lyons, 
of the day telegraphing. Bro. Craig, at Bancroft, 
has been facing the same proposition for several 
weeks, likewise Bro. A, G. Qausen, at South 
Sioux City. 

Bro. Wm. Brooks was recently married, and the 
members of the Nebraska Division extend their 
congratulations and wish the happy pair unlimited 
happiness and success. 

Bro. P. M. Shearer and ye lowly scribe made 
a trip to Omaha recently, where they had the 
pleasure of meeting one of the old-time members 
of the Nebraska Division, Bro. Stava, now in the 
U. P. relay office. Salary $108.00 for eight hours 
work. C. J. Weygandt, L. C. 

Kansas City Southern Ry., Div. No. 5. 

Members of Division Five: 

Greetings — With reference to the action taken 
on the co-operative agreement recently voted on 
by the membership, this is to advise you that it is 
now in the hands of General Chainnan Ocheltree, 
signed by the following officers of the five brother- 
hoods: B. of L. E., Bro. W. O. Van Pelt, chair- 
man; Bro. A. R. Billingsley, secretary. B. of L. 
F. & E., Bro. F. W. Lewis, chairman; Bro. C. F. 
Newman, secretary. O. R. C, Bro. Oscar Bush, 
chairman; Bro. F. D. Orr, secretory. B. of R. T.. 
Bro. R. F. McLaughlin, chairman; Bro. H. A. 
Carroll, secretary. O. R. T., Bro. R. C. Ochel- 
tree, general chairman; Bro. J. D. Townsend, br., 
general secretary and treasurer; and approved by 
Bros. T. S. Stone, grand chief engineer, and 
Presidents W. L. Carter, A. B. Garretson, W. G. 
Lee and H. B. Perham. 

Thus you see that on the old K. C. S. it is 
"The IJig Five" now instead of the "Big Four." 

Each man put his shoulder to the wheel, make 
every non get a*card and help pay his way, which 
will make your load lighter and make a difference 
in the next schedule obtained for the telegraphers 
on this line. Eliminate all "slackers." We don't 
need them any more than the Government needs 

Remember "The Katy." Help the boys xvin 
their fight. Fraternally, 

J. D. ToWNSEND, Sr. 

Watts to DeQueen— 

Bro. Worrell, Rich Mountain agent, relieved by 
Bro. Dulaney, nights there, two weeks, while tak- 
ing in the sights in and around Indianapolis. 

Bro. Shirley, from Arkansas Central, South Ft. 
Smith, on third Westville; took him only two 

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wetks to get right after landing. It pays big to 
bare that little card. 

Bro. Dick Frctwell, clerk to the chief dispatcher, 
and Mr. Dempsey, clerk to trainmaster, at Heav- 
ener, came to Ft. Smith to do their Christmas 
shopping. Bro. Dulaney, Rich Mountain nights, 
was also in Ft Smith recently. From the 
amount of packages he departed with, some one 
on the hill was well remembered on Christmas. 

Bro. Qark, first DeQueen yard, with the K. C 
S. since August, 1905, is now with the Oklahoma 
Pipe Line Co., at DeQueen. We are sorry to lose 
him, but wish him success. 

Bro. Miner, Heavener relay office nights, was on 
sick list with the grippe, making it necessary for 
Bros. Townsend and Wolf to double two nights 
account of scarcity of operators. 

Bro. England, from the "Katy," worked a few 
days at Panama, then relieved Bro. Hoover, Salli- 
saw third, on account of sickness in his family. 
Glad to get the **Katy" boys on a good road. 
There is always room for one more. 

Bro. Noble, agent Panama, accompanied by a 
friend, was a recent Bench, Okla., visitor. 

Bro. Ligon awarded second Panama, declined by 
Bro. Hart. 

Brothers, get after the nons as soon as they 
land, and remember that dues now payable should 
be sent in promptly. Don't wait until the last 
minute. Let's put this division in the 100 per cent 
class. We can do it with a little effort on each 
ones part Put your shoulders to the wheel, 
brothers, and push. Answer the dispatchers 
promptly. Don't wait for them to call you for 
an "OS," hand it to them as soon as you pos- 
sibly can. We have a mighty fine bunch of them 
over here, and should give them the best we have; 
they will all appreciate it. 

Assignments: Bro. Leroy to Spiro third; Bro. 
Mc Raven, Page nights, to Ft. Smith second; Bro. 
Langwell, Ft Smith third, to Coal Creek agency. 

The boys on the I. C. recently received an in- 
crease of $9.75 per man, also Sunday overtime 
and an eight-hour day, which makes a telegraph 
job worth having and worth staying with in these 
days of high cost of living. 

Bro. Townsend, general secretary and treasurer, 
has again started a flower fund, and wishes every 
member to send him 10 or 15 cents each month. 
Brothers, this is a worthy cause. Let's all remit 
this amount to him at Box 323, Heavener, Okla., 
every month promptly. 

•Bros. Leroy, Spiro third, and Henry, Sallisaw 
first, were in Ft. Smith, December 19th, doing 
their Santa Claus stunt Ye scribe showed them 
over the city and directed them to where they 
could buy the most with the least money. Bro. 
Ligon, Panama second, was also in the Twin City 
on December 22d. 

No news from the last district. Boys, send me 
a few items for the write-up next month. I can 
only get as far as DeQueen south, and if I don't 
get a little help from that end, we don't know 
what's going on down there. Want to thank Bro. 
Ligon for the bunch of items he sent, they were 
certainly appreciated. Keep the good work go- 
ing, "Rosie." S. D. Collvbr, Cor. 

Canadian Pacific Ry., Div. No. 7. 

British Columbia Division, District One — 

A meeting was called in Revelstoke on Decem- 
ber 4th by Local Chairman Ashdown, and a total 
of eighteen of the brothers put in an appearance. 
The territory between Field and Kamloops was 
well represented, and it was good to have several 
of the boys who don't as a rule attend. 

The working of our new schedule, which took 
effect on August 1st, was explained by Bro. Ash- 
down and discussed at length. A unanimous vote 
of thanks was extended by the brothers present 
to Local Chairman J. W. Ashdown for the interest 
he has taken in our welfare and for the work he 
so successfully handled in connection with our 
schedule negotiations. 

Our conditions and pay are now decidedly im- 
proved, and we do not hereafter have to confine 
our breadwinning energies to the snow-capped 
mountains, but can now look forward to the day 
when our seniority commands a position "where 
the sun shines on both sides of the fence." 

The following will explain the working of the 
seniority over the general superintendent's divi- 
sion: "Should you wish to transfer to' any dis- 
trict other than your own, you will write a letter 
to your superintendent to that effect, and he will 
supply you with bulletins of vacancies taking place 
on that district. You send your application to 
your superintendent, who sends it to the super- 
intendent of the district affected." 

Dgn't overlook the fact that you owe the Order 
of Railroad Telegraphers the amount equal to 
your first month's increase and make your remit- 
tance to Bro. R. C. Wilton, general secretary and 
treasurer, Kenora, Ont, making order payable to 
"The Royal Bank of Canada." 

Assignments: Bro. R. S. Gullivan, agent Arm- 
strong; Bro. H. F. Stewart, agent Arrowhead; 
Bro. B. Kellogg to Ross Port nights; Bro. A. F. 
McCarthy to Ruby Creek days; Bro. Paul Storey, 
Taft nights, to second, relieving dispatcher, re- 
taining his position at Taft until appointed senior 
relieving dispatcher. 

Bro. Becker, Sicamous nights, on holidays, re- ^ 
lieved by Bro. G. C. Cobb. 

Bro. J. W. Ashdown, called to Vancouver on 
account of the sickness of his daughter, was re- 
lieved by Bro. Ireland. 

Bro. Bill Morrison, night chief Salmon Arm, 
enlisted in the U. S. Navy. Here's wishing him 
the best of everything. Bro. C. E. Robitailler is 
working Salmon Arm alone. Cert. 2336. 

New York Central R. R.. Div. No. 8. 

Mohawk Division — 

Bro. W. N. Austin, ticket agent Oneida Castle, 
enjoyed two weeks' vacation in New York, and 
Ted Galbraith, chief clerk Oneida Castle freight 
house, a month in Philadelphia and New York, 
relieved by Mr. Loomis, former billing clerk at 
New York Mills. Mr. Galbraith, who was sixty- 
nine last August, has two clerks and both are over 
seventy years of age. 

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The Railroad Telegrapher. 

Bro. Bob Farley is at Chi'ttcnango agencv pend- 
ing bids. 

Bro. Ira Bross attended court a few days re- 
cently in Hoboken. Bro. L. V. Evans, agent 
Cbittenango, was also in court several days, re- 
lieved by Extra Relief Agent Vibbard. 

Some of the boys seem to have trouble working 
the combination in order to raise "UT" since the 
selector system has been installed there. No 
more calling — simply work the combination and it 
lights up a small light. The same system is being 
installed in "DA" office, Albany, but will not be 
finished much before April Ist. When completed 
this will make ''DA*' and "UT" two of the finest 
equipped offices on the system. They are surely 
entitled to this improvement, for it is one con- 
tinuous grind in either place. 

Mr. Van Sand is a new man from the Western 
Union working extra in and around Albany. One 
of the first things he asked for was application 
blanks which were promptly furnished him. This 
is the proper spirit and should shame some of these 
hard-shelled nons, who can't seem to see a good 
thing. Div. Cor., Cert. 183. 

Hudson Dix-ision — 

The Thanksgiving basket was awarded to Eris 
Terwilliger, Tivoli, hold«r of ticket 638, sold by 
Bro. C. Bauer. 

The meeting on December 18th was very well 
attended and was a very interesting and profitable 

We are very sorry to hear of the death of the 
beloved wife of our friend and brother, W. V. 
Bidwell, local chairman of the St. Lawrence Divi- 
sion, and the Hudson extends to Bro. Bidwell 
sincere and fraternal sympathy in h'is very sad 

Brothers, it was very clearly demonstrated 
on this division recently that it pays to have an 
up-to-date card. With it you will have friends to 
stand by you when the hour comes that you need 
their help. Let us see that the few men on this 
division still without the protection that member- 
ship in the O. R. T. affords come in at once, 
so they will not have to stand alone when trouble 
comes, as it does sooner or later to the best of us. 

Bro. Lockard, S. S. 52, relieved by Bro. W. J. 
Bumpster a few days recently on account of sick- 
ness. Bro. Donnerly, S. S. 96, was off several 
days from the sam6 cause. 

It's Bro. W. O. Trent and Bro. Secord now. 

Bro. L. L. Williams was relieved a few days 
on S. S. 58 J 1 by Bro. G. P. Clark, and Bro. L. 
Bauer, S. S. 74, several days by Bro. W. O. Trent. 

Bro. Manion. S. S. 57, enjoyed his vacation 
seeing the sights of Poughkcepsie and New York, 
and Bro. Ashley, S. S. 91, viewing the beauties of 

Bro. A. Smith, of the dispatcher's office, who 
tiled to enlist in the radio department of the U. S. 
Army, was turned down on the physical test. The 
government's loss is our gain. 

Bro. Tucker, our regular relief, is making good 
in the dispatcher's office at the car distributor's 

The brothers on this division did not take very 
kindly to putting women students in their offices. 
One old "bach" says women alwayS did make him 

The semi-annual dues notices are out. Brothers, 
make yourself a New Year's present of an up-to- 
date card. 

Bro. Brophy, transferred back to the tower 
service at his own request, was succeeded by 
Bro. O. L. Pitts as assistant agent at Castleton. 
Bro. C. Bauer went to third S. S. 50, temporary. 

This division closes the year with a membership 
of about 96 per cent — ^a very healthy working 
majority, but the local chairman can see no reason 
why it should not be 100 per cent, and hopes the 
brothers will make a New Year's resolution to 
do their best to make it solid in 1918. 

Cbit. 149. 

Delaware & Hudson Ry., Div. No. 12. 

Susquehanna Division — 

Bro. Harry L. Barnes, who has been serving 
"Uncle Sam" at the Spartanburg, S. C, camp, 
has been released and returned to the telegraph 
service. We are all glad to hear "BR" on the 
wire again. 

Bro. Dykeman, first "GX," was recently made 
"pa" for the second time. Bro. Tulloch, first 
Kelleys, is also a "papa." 

Bro. Cook, first Trunnel,. was recently relieved 
a few days by Bro. English on account of the 
death of his father, and Ticket Agent Haydon. 
Sidney, was rencved by Bro. Morah on account of 
the death of his brother. Our heartfelt sympathy 
is extended. 

"What way is that wire open?" has frequently 
been in the ears of the men along the line north 
of Oneonta. The linemen arc stringing new copper 
telephone wires from Oneonta to Mechanicsvillc, 
and we are all glad that the task is nearing com- 
pletion. Phones are to be installed in the sta- 
tions and at blind sidings, and before long trains 
will be dispatched by telephone between Oneonta 
and Delanson, and the "composite phones," which 
for so long have impaired the telegraph service, 
will be removed. Another telephone line is to be 
strung from Oneonta to Albany, and all dispatcli- 
ing north of Oneonta done by phone. When the 
new third track between Schenevus and Summit 
is completed, the "old Susquehanna" Division will 
be more like an up-to-date railroad than the old 
"canal line" in which it has so long been classed. 
Let us all work together to make the operations 
of the "new Susquehanna" Division up to the 
highest standard obtainable, and show that there 
are still brains enough left to make "bulls." 

The dispatchers have lined up, and we hope they 
will retain their "roster rights" and be repre- 
sented by the O. R. T., the same as the rest of us. 
We congratulate our new brothers for the* wise 
stop they have taken, and will render all assist- 
ance in our power to help them along and prove 
the efficiency of organized labor. Let us all do 
our bit toward this end. CEtT. 845. 

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The Railroad Telegrapher. 


Q. M. & S. and N. J. Rys. Division— 

I wish to all the members of the Order, in 
behalf of the committee, a prosperous and happy 
New Year. 

We arc very busy loading and shipping hay. 
This traffic is very heavy, and we all hope it will 
continue until our next revision of schedule; then 
we can show that we are working for every cent 
we earn. 

Our best regards to Bro. Noiseux, dispatcher 
Sorel office, on the occasion of his marriage to a 
"Miss" of Ste. Madeleine (G. T. R.). On their 
honeymoon they visited St. Armand, Que., St. 
Ccsairc, Que., and Montreal. He was relieved by 
O. W. Petit. 

Members, be sure that your M. B. D. assess- 
ments are paid not later than February 28, 1918; 
otherwise you become delinquent and will have 
to sign a war waiver application for reinstate- 
ment. Also send the dues for your card to our 
secretary and treasurer, Dresden Station, N. Y. 
In case you do not receive your assessment slip 
or notice for the payment of dues, send the usual 
dues just the same, with a copy of your letter, 
to your chairman, and thus save all trouble. 

Ex-Bro. A. Cote is back with us again after an 
absence of nearly nine months. Do not let the 
green grass grow out there before you brothers 
have him lined up. A. J. P., Cert. 752. 

Norfolk & Western Ry., Div. No. 14. 

Scioto Division — 

The meeting at St. Clair Hotel, Portsmouth, 
December 15th, was One of the biggest and best 
He have had for some time. General Chairman 
Lane presided. The main topics were: "Slackers" 
(those who fail to "do their bit," but who hastily 
grab any advantage received through the O. R. T., 
you know the nons); the use of the 'phones by 
others than the operator in charge, and the new 
wage scale, which is expected to take effect Janu- 
ary Ist. Our committee has been promised a hear- 
ing immediately after that date. Remember, our 
committee needs the money, so be prompt in send- 
ing in dues and back dues, then, after paying for 
your "whcatless biead" and "meatless hash," in- 
vest your surplus (?) in U. S. Thrift Stamps, 
thereby helping your Order, your Government and 

Bro. Pratt resigned "KM" last trick to devote 
his time to the mercantile business at Chattaroy. 
Bro. Gentry, from "CX" tower, expected to take 
•*KM" last trick. 

Sister Pack, Glen Hayes second, resigned, go- 
ing to housekeeping at Dunlow, where her husband 
is employed as operator for an oil pipe line. 

Mrs. Gordon, Prichard second, resigned, going 
to Huntington, where her husband is employed as 
switchman for the C. & O.. They have a new 
home there. 

Extra Operators Hulbert and Emerson have re- 
signed, leaving for "parts unknown." 

Bro. Klepinger, of Division 36, relieving at 
Kostwood second, has resigned, to take effect on 
the arrival of Bro. Abbott, spending his vacation 

in West Virginia, relieved by Bro. Pickering, from 
second trick. 

Bro. Stratton assigned to Naugatuck first. A 
new man, J. S. Noe, slacker, on Naugatuck third 

Bro. Burling, manager "KM," taking his vaca- 
tion in Florida. Cards indicat,e he has visited 
Jacksonville, Tampa and Key West. Relieved by 
Bro. H. K., whose resignation as local chairman 
has not yet been accepted, and probably will not 
hf, at least until the present negotiations with the 
company are settled. 

Duvall agency has again been placed on a salary 
basis, instead of commission. 

Several members on this division have failed to 
contribute to the Layman memorial fund. The 
rounds are being made on all three districts to • 
try to get every one in on it. 

Bro. C. E. Thomas has been reinstated at 
Rarden agency through the efforts of the O. R. T. 
(Hurrah.) Bro. Scott goes back to McDcrmott 
and Bro. Bias to the extra list. 

Bro. Huddleston's agency at Gravel Pit was 
closed December 21st. Expected he will bump 
second Newton. 

Bro. Brown, at Seaman, on vacation, relieved 
by Bro. Sheridan. 

Bro. J. A. Mcllroy spent a few days recently 
with home folks in Indiana. 

There has been some talk of putting chief dis- 
patchers on a three tricks, eight-hour basis. 

The clerks, who are organized about 400 strong 
on the N. & W., received a 10 per cent increase 

Bro. Lane advises the S. A. L. boys (where he 
has been assisting with strike vote) received a fine 
increase, and that dispatchers lined up solid, and 
got a fifteen-day vacation clause, which is some- 
thing new on the S. A. L. While there, Bro. 
Lane also helped organize the Florida East Coast. 

Read carefully the two editorials, "Respecting 
Commercial Telegraph Commissions" and "Tips 
to Insure Prompt Service," by President Perhara, 
in the November issue of the journal. From these 
articles we learn that the telegraph companies have 
for years been paying the railroad companies a 
certain amount for the handling of commercial 
telegraph business by operators of the railroad 
companies. We do not know what the railroad 
companies have been doing with the money, but 
it is certain that the operators who have had the 
telegrams to handle have never received a cent 
of it. 

The ten cents on a dollar's worth of receipts 
the telegraph companies allow operators, is not 
considered as a wage at all, but as a "Tip" to 
make the operator hustle for another dollar's worth 
of receipts; just as you would slip a dime under 
the edge of your plate in a restaurant to try to 
get the waiter to bring you your next cup of coffee 
in twenty minutes, instead of thirty. We know 
now who is gnawing the other end of this "bone 
of contention," and our committee can handle it 
directly with the railroad company. 

Digitized by 

Cert. 1507. 



The Railroad Telegrapher. 

Atlantic Coast Line R. R., DIv. No. 15. 

Second Division, Montgomery District — 

We did not have any notes from this district 
for December on account of ye scribe having a 
siege of la grippe and not being able to get them 
together in time. 

We have all received our first increase and back 
time for September and October, and are working 
under oui* new contract. Now let's show our 
appreciation by giving the company our maximum 
service during this exceedingly heavy rush of 
business. Our dispatchers have more work than 
one man can do to keep everything moving with 
delays, and we should do everything in our power 
to help them move the business by answering our 
calls promptly. Business is heavier on this dis- 
trict now than evtr before, all train crews work- 
ing full time and a lot of tying up on account of 
heavy trains. 

At this writing it don't look like any of us 
will get a holiday vacation, on account of the 
scarcity of relief men. Our chief hired some new 
men in the la»t few weeks, but the company 
opened up Dothan, Tennille and Grady nights and 
used them all. The chief will do all he can to 
relieve us when we want to get off, when he has 
the men, so we must stick to our jobs with good 
feeling and help him out. Most of us have fifteen 
days coming to us within the next twelve months, 
and we should not all ask for this time during the 
summer, but distribute our requests for the time 
for the winter months, same as summer, and we 
will all be more likely to get our time. 

Ardilla agency closed on account of the A. F. 
& S. E. extending its line up to Cowarts. Bro. 
Hodges seriously objected to this extension, as it 
interfered with his pension. His station is now 
an important transfer point and lots of work to do. 

Bro. Dean bid in new second Dothan, and Bro. 
Dupree took the Donaldsonville clerk-telegrapher 
job. Bennett, a new man, appointed agent Water- 
ford, no bids. D. O. Dean, at Tennille nights, 
when it was closed three years ago, is back there. 
Brown, a new man, to Grady nights. 

Bro. Black, New Brockton, relieved thirty days 
by Bro. Walker, while visiting in Texas, is agent 
for the Woodstock typewriter at Enterprise, Ala., 
and asks that any of the brothers in need of a 
machine to give him a chance before buying else- 

Bro. Thames, Luvcrne, relieved a few days by 
Bro. Walker. 

Bro. Mosley, freight agent Oz^rk, has resigned 
to go to his farm, succeeded by Local Chairman 
R. E. Stokes, on bid, 

Ashford agendy on bulletin. Cbbt. 120. 

Norfolk District^ 

I overlooked the write-up for the past two 
months, and I regret it very much, as it doesn't 
look right for every district to be represented ex- 
cept ours, and it is a great pleasure to me to give 
a little write-up each month when I can think of it. 

Brothers, if you haven't your new card for 1918 
get it at once, don't let the general secretary and 
treasurer have to remind you of it. 

Bro. Parker recently transferred to Wilmington, 
leaving "SU" third pending bids. 

Bro. Stover left us recently, much to our aor- 
row. We wish him much success. Boone first 
also on bulletin. Bro. Johnson working it, relieved 
by Doghtie, a newcomer from the N. & S. 

We all regret very much losing Bro. Sprowcll, 
from "KN," now doing Government commercial 
work. We wish him success. Bro. N. Parker bid 
in "KN," and we are glad to have him back with 
us. I always hate to see the old men go who arc 
faithful to the Order, as we never know who the 
newcomers are and whether they will take their 
places or not. 

Bro. Taft recently resigned, relieved by Bro. 
Barnes, extra, at Pt. Norfolk, pending bids, who 
also relieved Bro. Brown, at "SX," a few days. 

Bro. Robinson is very much pleased with the 
new job recently opened up at Kingsboro. 

Bro. Pender was relieved by a newcomer, Mr. 
Moore, a few days. Boys, get after these new- 
comers, and see if they are up to date. Bro. 
Parker, local chairman, will give you their names 
and tell you who's up to date. We want our dis- 
trict solid. 

Don't put off your card, put off your store 
account for one month for the sake of keeping 
up to date and not be delinquent. Also don't for- 
get your assessment of $5.00, which Bro. Parker 
will call on you for if you haven't already re- 
mitted it to Bro. Williams. I trust every brother 
will pay this assessment as it is very small, and 
not do like some of the brothers did before. We 
all receive the same benefit and should all pay 
the same. It is not right for some to pay for 
what the others receive. Each of us should realize 
that the committee did great work for us during 
its stay in Wilmington and Washington, and we 
certainly ought to appreciate it enough to pay the 
small amount of $5.00 in order to keep our treas- 
ury in good shape. 

I presume a lot of the boys like myself are 
very uneasy that this draft will get us. They 
won't get many, as the Government understands 
when they take away the operators and agents they 
will have poor success in getting their stuff across 
the country. 

Boys, Bro. Parker is still making that good flour. 
Don't forget that you no doubt can save enough 
in the run of a year by buying from him to pay 
for a six months' card. Try a bag. He also 
makes bran and chicken feed. 

The big snow recently inconvenienced traffic 
between "GD" office and "RA" very much. 

Bro. Bailey and Herring are making great suc- 
cess with their gin and saw mill at "GD." 

Brothers, I want to again ask all of you to show 
our new Grand Secretary and Treasurer that our 
district is the most up-to-date one in the country, 
and we never have to be reminded of anjrthing 
but once. 

Bro. Brown recently bought a new Columbia 
car, and it's a beauty. 

Boys, keep your war tax straight. There is an 
inspector out checking up each office. When he 
strikes you, be fixed so he will give you the O. K. 

Digitized by 


The Railroad Telegrapher. 


I don't think any of the brothers will be both- 
ered with all that red tape keeping liquor records 
any more, as this new ruling has completely cut 
it out 

Many of our brother agents are overworked; yet. 
I trust our new superintendent will soon- see that 
it is to the interest of the company to furnish them 
more help. Cbbt. 1140. 

Michigan Central R. R., DIv. No. 16. 

Middlt Division and Branches — 

As soon as replies are received to a circular 
sent out to members, the arbitration board will 
convene to consider our differences with the com- 

With the increasing cost of living, we are 
having a hard time to make both ends meet, but 
we are assured of back time from August 15, 
1917, so extra men and all keep close track of 
your time. 

Be very prompt in paying your dues and in- 
surance assessments. Keep right up to date and 
give good backing to our committee. 

Assignments: Bro. F. Moneith, second nights 
Hastings freight house; L. A. Baker, first, and 
Bro. E. K. Donner, second nights Augusta; Bro. 
C. D. Quigley, first, and Bro. J. F. Shane, second 
nights Centreville; G. W. Wilson, second nights 
Dowagiac; Bro. J. F. Hafer, first, and Bro. F. C. 
Guffn, second nights Dutton; Bro. W. W. Hol- 
brook, nights Miller; W. F. Chapman, Hill days, 
leaving second nights Niles up for bid; Bro. 
M. C Salter to "SF" Jackson, extra, vice Bro. 
F. R. Alden to "F" Detroit. Sorry to see "R" 
go, but wish him success in his new home. 

Bro. H. K. Poulson, agent Middleville, was 
sick a few days, relieved by Bro. B. Gillette, and 
he by Bro. Beamers, from the P. M. 

Bro. McEldonny went to Pearl street, Jackson, 
days while Bro. Lloyd took his wife to the hospital 
for an operation, which we are glad to learn was 
successful and that she was doing nicely at last 

Bro. F. Miller was at Bay City several days, 
relieved by Bro. Ed Seydell. 

Cbrts. 288 and 747. 

Northern Division — 

Assignments: First nights Water Street Jet. 
to Bro. John Green, vice Fredenburg, gone West; 
Bro. Muscott to Swan Creek agency, vice Bro. 
Nadeau, entered the government service, relieved 
by Bro. McCalpin pending bids; Bro. Cole, from 
Linwood second (closed) to Chesaning first, vice 
Bro. Jack Rice, entered government service. Bro. 
Ward Kille later relieved Bro. Cole pending bids; 
Utter to Horrigan days, Bro. Booth returning to 
third Gay lord; Bro. Doc Gilbert to second "DI" 
Bay City, relieved by Bro. Hank Ramsey on third 
Bay City, W. S.; Bro. Wilson Shaw to first "DI" 
Bay City, vice Bro. Geo. Stokes, to dispatcher's 
job at East Jordan; Bro. Preston, Beaver Lake 
«"ght8, to West Branch third, vice Bro. Geo. 
Bond, transferred back to west end by request. 
Bro. D. D. June, relieved by Ross on third Laings- 
^«rg, to Bath agency, vice Bro. Frank Smith, 

accepted by the draft board and left for canton- 
ment. Frederic days up for bids, Bro. Ed 
Preston returning to school. 

Bro. H. H. Allen, agent Topinabee, is back, 
feeling much better after his vacation, relieved 
by Bro. Muscott. Bro. Flodel, third Wolverine, 
on vacation in Detroit, was relieved by Fralick, 
from the main line. 

Bro. Hank Ramsey, relieving at Bath, injured 
ihis back while loading heavy express and was 
obliged to be relieved by Bro. McCalpin. 

Bro. Art Bonnett, first Wolverine, off on account 
of serious illness of his sister, making it necessary 
for Bro. Harry Crecine and Mr. Fralick to work 
twelve hours each on account of shortage of 
men until relieved by Bro. Winters, from Waters, 
closed as two-trick job until Bro. Bonnett's re- 
turn, Bro. Burch working twelve hours. Bros. 
Hi Robinson and Sutherland, Cheboygan, also 
worked twelve hours each for several days on 
account of Bro. Diffenderfer being sick, and Bros. 
Bowden and Thoms, Owosso, worked twelve hours 
while Bro. Schram was sick. The heating plant 
at Lansing went out of business for several days 
recently when the weather was down below zero, 
giving Bros. Higgins, Dorriell and Whitney a 
taste of trench work while it was being repaired. 

The Northern Division can be figured upon 
doing its part in any good cause; Bros. Cole, 
Decker, Frank Smith, Rice, Gould, Nadeau, 
Ausum, Lammiman, Flodel, Beedle' having an- 
swered their country's call; also Bro. Harry Adams, 
"HS," located at Camp Lewis, Tacoma, Wash., as 
sergeant Company L, 364th Regiment of Infantry, 
and Bro. Mead, "M," with the Signal Corps at 
Camp Kearney, Lina Vista, Cal. We are proud 
of the men who have gone from this division, and 
wish them the best of luck. 

Bro. Geo. Needham, who relieved the dispatchers 
on the Baiy City Division, is now relieving on the 
Mackinaw Division. 

The meeting at Fordney Hotel, Saginaw, No- 
vember 23d, was not as largely attended as had 
been promised by the Saginaw Division boys, but 
what was lacking in attendance was made up for 
in interest. Bro. Flood went over schedule nego- 
tiations, explaining what had been done to secure 
a new schedule and better working conditions. 
Bros. Hill, from Holt; Higgins, Lansing; Roe, 
St. Charles; Frost, Paines; McCalpin, Swan Creek; 
Porter, Saginaw; Schram, Owosso; Van Scoter, 
Zilwaukee; Flood, Berry, McQuaid, Gilbert, Kerby 
and Rafferty, Bay City; Price, from Reece, and 
Foster, from Denmark Jet, were present. 

The Northern was the only division of the M. C. 
that had any notes in the December issue. 

Cert. 63. 

Penna. R. R. Lines East, Div. No. 17. 

IVest Jersey and Seashore Division — 

Every member should remit his division dues 
promptly to Bro. W. M. Skinner, 115 S. Potomac 
street, Baltimore, Md., and M. B D. assessments 
direct to Bro. C. B. Rawlins, St Louis, Mo., 
before February 28th, and avoid the necessity of 
signing the war reinstatement slip. Boys, this is 
important to your beneficiaries. Don't neglect it 

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F. Patterson, who helped out at Oil City, Pa., 
during the strike, has been awarded the professor- 
ship of the telegraph school opened in Camden, 
N. J. Since nearly all telegraph instruments 
have been removed and the telephone adopted 
for railroad work, these poor innocents should be 
put wise and not be allowed to waste their time 
in a "ham factory," trying to learn something at 
which they will make less money than in any 
other calling. 

Bro. Frank C. Ackroyd, who resigned in prefer- 
ence to giving up his card, is now with the Penn- 
sylvania Shipbuilding Co at Gloucester, N. J., 
getting more money and in far more congenial sur- 
roundings. H any official will dismiss an em- 
ploye because he is a union man, when men are 
so much needed, there is a way to bring such 
matters before the proper tribunal and have them 
adjusted, but this can't be done when a man re- 
signs. Be governed accordingly. 

Assignments: Joe Rice to "PO," Broad street, 
Philadelphia, Pa., and E. A. Rassman to first "BR" 
drawbridge tower; Roy Van Meter to third "SA" 
tower, Camden, N. J., vice Bro. F .C. Ackroyd; 
A. H. Rickards to second "W" Woodbury, vice 
Prof. Patterson. Constant changes are taking 
place but we are not posted well enough to name 
them all. 

"HN" tower second held by W. F. Thompson 
on temporary bid, is up for permanent assign- 

E. C. Heath, second "HI" tower, Haddonfield, 
N. J., spent one of his cut-off days in New York. 

The men on every road in the country have re- 
ceived from 10 to 18 per cent increase, and here 
we have not received 10 per cent because we 
don't stand up for our own interest and join the 
O. R. T. that got the increases on these other roads. 
The organization in 1917 got over $8,000,000 in- 
creases for the telegraphers, and still men seem 
afraid to invest $16.20 a year for an up-to-date 
card which also includes $1,000 death benefit. All 
over the system the men are coming in. We made 
a nice gain the last term against all the intimidat- 
ing schemes. 

We only need a few more to be able to enjoy 
contractural relations with the company which 
would greatly benefit it as well as the men. 

I wish you all a happy and prosperous New 
Year. Div Cor. 

Allegheny Division — 

The recent unfortunate affair on this division 
has left its imprint on each of us in some way, 
but it is hardly indelible and can be erased. That 
is the primary task here it would seem of the 
accredited organization of our craft. Our only 
hope for harmony is fraternalism gained through 
the Order of Railroad Telegraphers. We are not 
children and can understand that "A house divided 
against itself can not stand." 

The best way to prevent the seeds of discord 
sown by other so-called organizations from ripen- 
ing and bearing fruit (no matter whether done at 
the behest of certain company officials or not) is 
by organization, harmony and fraternalism. 

Those who arc trying to blame the O. R. T. for 
the late colossal blunder know better, and when 
men come blustering around declaring that they 
will never tie themselves to a labor organization 
again, it's a safe bet they have never paid a cent 
into the O. R. T., although it's barely possible 
they may have at some time or other filled out 
an application blank with a promise to pay the 
money next pay day, and that pay day never came, 
as far as keeping their promises to the organixer, 
who probably called a dozen different times before 
he even got the application signed up. 

If you are told by the party you are after when 
soliciting applications, as I have been, that he is 
through with the O. R. T. because he was refused 
strike benefits during the walk-out over here, you 
can make up your mind that he never applied to 
anyone authorized to perform such service for 
our organization, as members of the O. R. T. 
don't have to ask for strike benefits when they are 
entitled to them by going out on an authorized 
strike. All such details are arranged for long 
before such action is taken by such bona fide 
labor organizations as the O. R. T. ,and not only 
that, but men who are forced out on account of 
being members are taken care of without having 
to ask that it be done. 

The "ethics of labor" draw a fine line of dis- 
tinction as to what constitutes a strike. The only 
official in the O. R. T. authorized to call a strike 
as a last resort is the president, and while Presi- 
dent Perham may have heard that there was "a 
walk-out" on the P. R. R., it had nothing to do 
with the O. R. T., as no action of that kind, or 
any other to cause the company trouble, has been 
taken over here by the Order of Railroad Teleg- 
raphers; nor is it likely to be. 

This being the fact, then, it behooves each one 
of us to be more careful in the use of the word 
"scab." It means too much to a real union man 
to be handled carelessly, especially by those who 
are not up to date themselves. We can not hope 
to organize a railroad where one-half of the teleg- 
raphers use epithets to the other half that they 
don't even know the real meaning of. 

Brothers and sisters, let us make "harmony" 
our watchword. Try to get the others over here 
whom we hope in the near future. to call brothers 
and sisters into the O. R. T., the only organiza- 
tion on the American continent that ever has done 
anything for the railroad telegraphers of this 
country in the way of better salaries and pleasant 
working conditions, and the only one that can do 
anything for them. An up-to-date card in the 
O. R. T. is a protection against the unorganized 
efforts of other so called telegraphers' organiza- 
tions that are kept in existence by unfriendly em- 
ployers to keep us in an unorganized condition. 
The O. R. T. is no experiment, and the grand 
results it has attained have been peacefully 

Organizing a vast number of telegraphers such 
as this company employs is no small task. Do 
your part by lining up the unorganized in your 
office and in offices on either side of you. If 
everyone of us will do this, it will not be long 
until we will be sufficiently strong to send in our 

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comminee to ask for a schedule similar to those 
enjoyed by the telegraphers of other roads in our 

The organization stands ready to do its duty 
by us and get us all we ask for, but we must do 
our individual duty by keeping up to date our 
selves and tee that our neighbors do likewise. 

The inevitable law of "supply and demand*' may 
»oon compel the company to raise our salaries 
fairly in proportion to what our brothers are 
getting on the roads around us; but remember this 
is merely meeting another company's bid for our 
only commodity, our labor, and only because condi- 
tions force it to do so, and we must not cease our 
efforts to help organize those who are still outside 
the O. R. T., and it should be a greater incentive 
to pay our dues promptly. 

Be true to yourself and you can be false to 
no man, is a good adage. As sure as the sun 
rises in the East the day is not far distant when 
we will gain recognition; then we can openly 
wear the emblem of our craft and treat the nons 
as enemies of our land. CitT. 3136. 

"Nickel Plate" R. R., Div. No. 18. 

Third District — 

Bro. W. L. O'Kuly was relieved by Bro. F. W. 
Johnson a few days on account of the serious ill- 
ness of his father. 

Bro. J. G. Adams is on second, ^nd Narber, 
from east end, on third Oakwood, latter pending 

Bro. J. W. Walker, agent McComb, on vacation, 
relieved by Relief Agent Doster. 

Bro. D. £. Wolfe, Mortimer, was sick several 
dajrs, and Heckman and Thompson doubled; no 
operators available for relief. 

It is now Bro. Hannah, second at Rocky River. 

Assignments: Third tricks — Ft Wayne, Bro. 
M. S. Lowe; Payne, Bro. F. W. Johnson; Oak- 
wood, Bro. B. S. Sutler. Div. Cor. 


Whereas, Our heavenly Father, in His infinite 
wisdom and love, has seen fit to call to his eternal 
home, where parting and sorrow are unknown, 
the beloved father of our esteemed Bro. Chas. 
F. Mayer; and 

W^HKBRAS, We bow in humble submission to His 
will, knowing that He does all things for the best; 
therefore be it 

' Resolved, That the members of the N. Y. C 
& St. L. R. R. System, Division No. 18, Order 
of Railroad Telegraphers, extend to the sorrowing 
brother their sincere sympathy in this sad hour 
of his bereavement; and be it further 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be 
sent to the bereaved brother, a copy filed with the 
division records, and a copy forwarded to Tub 
TiLBGRApHBK for publication. 

E. A. Hill, 
W. A. Stovm, 




Whereas, Our heavenly Father, in His infinite 
wisdom and love, has deemed it best to call from 
our midst to his eternal home the beloved father 
of our esteemed Bro. David W. Gilbert; therefore 
be it 

Resolved, That the members of Nickel Plate 
Division No. 18 extend to the bereaved brother 
our sincere and heartfelt sympathy in his sad be- 
reavement; and be it further 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be 
handed to Bro. Gilbert, a copy sent to The Teleg- 
raph be for publication, and a copy spread upon 
the minutes of the division. 

R. E. Keugh, 
F. F. Cowley, 
W. A. Stovbe, 


N. Y. C. R. R. Lines West, Div. No. 10. 

Alliance Division — 

Everything is moving briskly on this division. 

Paris, Augusta and Mechanicstown closed as 
Western Union offices, and Mt. Union as train 
order and block office recently, owing to the short- 
age of men. 

Bro. Kirkbride, agent Minerva, is now with Ihe 
Morgan Engineering Co., at Alliance. We arc 
sorry to see him leave, but wish him success. 

On bulletin: Agency Mechanicstown, clerkship 
Newton Falls, agency Augusta and Paris, Berg- 
holz second and third, and Amsterdam third. 

Assignments: Bro. Dennis, from Augusta, to 
agency Minerva, vice Bro. Kirkbride; Bro. Orwick, 
Palmyra, to Bergholz, vice Bro. Mottice to yard- 
master there; Bro. Lloyd, from Newton Falls, to 
Palmyra; Conductor Moore to yardmaster Min- 
erva; Roberts, a new man, to Alliance agency, 
vice Frank Thompson, assigned to other duties; 
relief agent is still at Mechanicstown. 

Our membership is fast leaving us, and we must 
get right after these new men coming in, and 
write them up. With the new schedule coming up 
we need their support and funds. 

It is rumored that we are to have a new super- 
vising agent on this division. 

If you get a chance drop the brothers in the 
army a letter; you don't know how they will ap- 
preciate it, and you may be there next. 

Bro. Cummings, agent Mechanicstown, Ohio, 
passed away at Mercy hospital, Canton, Ohio, at 
9:00 o'clock p. m., December 1st, following an 
operation for appendicitis and gall stones. He 
was stricken while on his way home from work 
the evening of November 22d, taken to the hospital 
early the next morning and operated on. The 
appendix and twenty-one gall stones were removed, 
after which gangrene set in, causing his death. 
Bro. Cummings had been a loyal member of the 
O. R. T. since entering the service December 26, 
1914, always working for the best interests of Ihe 
brotherhood. Being the first of our membership 
on this division since its organization to pass into 
the great beyond, his death came as a shock to the 
entire division. 

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The floral piece contributed was a basket two 
feet in diameter and stood about three feet high, 
costing $14.50, the entire amount of the contribu- 
tion. A card was attached bearing the inscrip- 
tion: "From the Employes of the Alliance Divi- 
sion, N. Y. C. R. R.** Memoriam and card of 
thanks follows. 

Local Chairman Bettis, who made a trip to 
Cleveland recently to see the general committee 
and Vice-President Brown assembled there, reports 
that schedule negotiations are coming along satis- 
factory. L. L. Allen, Div. Cor. 


Whereas, Our heavenly Father, in His infinite 
wisdom and love, has deemed it best to call from 
our midst to His eternal hqme, where parting and 
sorrow are no more, our beloved Bro. £. E. 
Cummings; therefore be it 

Resolved, That the members of Alliance Division, 
of the New York Central Railroad System, Divi- 
sion No. 19, Order of Railroad Telegraphers, ex- 
tend to the bereaved parents and relatives our 
sincere sympathy in their sad bereavement; and 
be it further 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be 
sent to the bereaved family, and a copy published 
in ^The Railioad Tblbgeaphek. 

J. G. Bettis, 
L. L. Allen, 
E. G. Dickinson, 



We wish to thank the agents and operators em- 
ployed on the Alliance Division of the N. Y. C. 
R. R. for the beautiful floral offering, at the death 
of our beloved son, Elmer E. Cummings. Wish 
to say that it was very much appreciated and as 
beautiful a piece as we have ever seen. 
Cordially yours, 

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Cummings and Family. 


Whereas, Almighty God, in His infinite wisdom 
and goodness, has deemed it best to call to His 
heavenly home Lucy Braun Fogel, beloved wife 
of our esteemed Bro. Frank E. Fogel, of N. Y. C. 
System Division No. 19; in manifestation of our 
grief and fraternal sympathy be it 

Resolved, That the members of N. Y. C. Sys- 
tem Division No. 19 extend to the sorrowing 
brother and the members of the afflicted family 
their sincere and heartfelt sympathy in this their 
sad hour of bereavement; and be it further 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be 
forwarded to the bereaved brother, and a copy sent 
to The Telegrapher for publication. 

F. P. Hkhthorn, 
Geo. E. Kipp, 

G. R. Smith, 
Geo. D. Walker, 


N. Y. O. & W. Ry., DIv. No. 20. 

Southern Division — 

Bro. H. A. Smith, third Cadosia, who resigned 
November 29th, is now a deputy under U. S. 
Marshal Hon. C. L. Wheeler, at Utica, N. Y., 
at a much better salary than he was receiving at 
Cadosia. He tells me he had two other positions 
offered him as soon as he was lose from the rail- 
road company. One at $21.00 a week with Satur- 
day half-holiday and no Sunday work, and one 
$180.00 per month, which goes to show that the 
only thing necessary to do to get more money than 
is being paid railroad telegraphers, is to let others 
know you are ready to accept another job if there 
is money enough in iL Bro. Dingee, agent at 
Hortons, succeeded Bro. Smith, of Codosia, and 
Operator Long bid in Weehawken. 

We are glad to learn that Bro. Topping, who 
has been absent on account of sickness since last 
May, is back again at Luzon. 

It has been suggested to me that it is about time 
telegraphers on this line were relieved of Sunday 
>\prk, and that we had all legal holidays free from 
duty, or extra pay for this service, just as our 
brothers on so many other roads are doing. Write 
Bro. Connor what you think about this. 

With a very few exceptions the men on tliis 
division have had their vacations as per schedule 
so far as they have gone; if impossible to relieve 
a man at the specified time he has been paid for 
the time, over and above his salary, or given his 
vacation at some other convenient time. 

Once again I ask some of you brothers on the 
Kingston Branch and on the south end of main 
line to send in some news items to me before the 
20th of the month, as all news must be in St. 
Louis by the 25th of the month to appear in Thb 
Telegrapher the next month. 

H. J. DB Graw, Div. Cor. 

C. I. & W. R. R., Div. No. 21. 

Bro. O. E. Lewis on vacation passed through 
Indianapolis on his return. 

Mr. Stephenson, first trick dispatcher on west 
end, was at Hattiesburg training camp visiting his 
son and our Bro. P. R. Stephenson during Thanks- 
giving, and reports Bro. Paul doing fine; says he 
has gained nineteen pounds in weight and has 
received a commission, which we are glad to hear. 

Dispatcher Sappenfield, second trick west end, 
relieved by Extra Dispatcher Shot well on account 
of bad eyes, relieved on the car desk by Bro. 
Houck, and yours truly on message wire; Ewbank 
relieving me at Moorefield. 

We were sorry to hear of the death of Sister 
Dickies* father, and extend our sympathy to her 
in her hour of sadness and bereavement. 

Bro. Blasse was in Indianapolis a few minutes 
several days ago while on sick leave. 

Our general chairman is fattening his rabbits 
for market. 

A new schedule has been presented to the man- 
agement to take effect January 1, 1918, and it is' 
your duty to help your committee. See if the 
fellow next to you is carrying an up-to-date card, 

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and help to make this division 100 per cent strong. 
See what the I. C. boys got by being organized 
and sticking together; let's be as game as our other 
brothers. Let's all pay our dues promptly and help 
to swell the treasury for the new schedule. 

Brothers, please send 'me some notes, as I am 
anable to learn all the news. 

"CU/' Cert. 169. 

C, M. & 8t P. Ry., Div. No. 23. 

Kansas City Division — 

Bro. L. M. Ward, Northern Jet., relieved by 
Dovenspike several days on account of sickness. 
Bro. Qaude Carey, at Lawson, relieved a few 
days by Operator Frogge, an old-timer in the mer- 
cantile business at Jerome for several years. 

Bro. Jno. Park, first Coburg, visited his parents 
in Laredo a few days, relieved by Jimmy Mc- 
Carthy. Bro. F. T. Williams, who has worked on 
several divisions on the system, relieved on second 
Coburg several days while the writer made a short 
visit in Iowa. 

Bro. Chas. Cross, of Ottumwa ticket office, has 
resigned in order to devote his full time to his 
interest in a big store there. 

Bro. Gallagher has been lining up the boys, 
and the following may now be addressed as 
brothers: L. G. Lennox, L. M. Ward, H. L. 
Brown, J. H. Carroll, M. A. McDaniel, S. B. 
Regan, N. R. McCulloch, F. L. Swafford, C. Black- 
man, £. W. McNabb and D. D. Barnes. 

Two good meetings were held on the division 
recently, one at Ottumwa, November 25th, and 
another at Excelsior Springs, November 26th. The 
Utter meeting was called to order by Bro. G. L. 
Gallagher, at 7:45 p. m., who tadked on the new 
schedule until 8:35 p. m. We were advised that 
the daily wage would be figured on a twenty-six-day 
month; Sunday time to be figured pro rata; mini- 
mum call on Sunday, one hour; calls, 65 cents; 
overtime, 40 cents per hour; minimum for 121 
positions K. C. Division and eleven positions K. 
C Terminal Division, telegraphers, $75.00, and 
agents, $77.50. Those present were: J. O. Paul- 
ley, N. C. Maytum, W. A. Hatfield, F. L. Mc- 
Donald, I. S. Williamson. F. A. McCarthy, I. K. 
Carey, J. W. Zungs, J. R. Weber, W. A. Kelsey, 
C. L. Carey, C. C. Games, R. D. Adkins, G. M. 
Reisch, Jno. Park, D. J. Martin, T. E. Manso, 
M. K. Blackman, W. E. Balkey, A. M. Lindner, 
W. D. Wright, W. T. Schoonover, H. O. Hoover, 
R. M. Griffing. J. R. Kendrick, F. C Johnson, 
M- G. McCarthy, H. F. Owne, Belmont Beistle 
and G. L* Gallagher. 

At Ottumwa, Bro. Gallagher gave a short talk 
on the Seattle convention and outlined the busi- 
ness done there, telling us just how the Order 
stood on the handling of mail. Western Union 
connuission and various other items of importance. 
He then went into the new schedule and explained 
the most vital changes; treating on Sunday over- 
time, back pay, one and two-man jobs and the 
method of distributing the money award. Chief 
Dispatcher Klahn was present and wekomed the 
^^oya. The following members were on hand: 
G. L Gallagher, L. H. Wilson, W. L. Ireland, 

J. E. Wells, J. McEwan, T. R. Benn, Glen Martin, 
Wm. Roberts, P. H. Fluck, Bruce McKay, O. E. 
Sisk, L. W. Knight, C. E. Brown, A. J. Jones, 
T. H. Tuomey, W. I. Wendall, W. E. Ferrell, 
K. F. Klardy, J. W. Fagan, Maul Sisk and J. L. 

Bro. Fagan relieved by Campbell, at Rutledge 
one night, to attend a big feed. 

Sister Sisk on sick list a few days, relieved by 
W. C. Brown, who later went to Williamsburg, 
hunting rabbits. Rutledge agency, pending assign- 
ments, filled by Operator Carson, who went to 
Braymer, then by Mr. Kelly. 

At Ottumwa Jet., Bro. Pogue on third and Geo. 
Shaw on fourth, pending bulletin of vacancy 
caused by Bro. Wilson going to first "VN." 

A card has been received from young John 
Nolan, now a radio operator on one of Uncle Sam's 
submarine chasers. Bro. Barnard, in France, is a 
sergeant in a railway regiment. He had the mis- 
fortune to lose his father in an auto accident 
shortly after he had gone to the front. 

Bro. E. R. Williams moved to Titus agency, 
relieving Operator Carson, extra. Bro. S. A. 
Allen to Gladwin agency, relieving Extra Kelly. 

Practically all of the three-trick positions have 
been put on an eight-hour basis now, although a 
number of them were kept on nine-hour basis until 
just recently, making some easy overtime for the 
boys. Amana and North English are additional 
offices which will be closed all day Sundays. 

Assignments: Third tricks — Braymer to Bro. 
G. W. Ewing; Northern Jet, temporary, to Bro. 
L. M. Ward. Second— Washington to Bro. C. N. 
Smith. First— Ottumwa to Bro. L. H. Wilson. 
Agencies — Gladwin to Bro. S. A. Allen; Rutledge 
to Bro. K. Lewis. Bro. Al. Lindner, Kansas City 
freight, relieved a few days by Bro. Williams, 
for a minor operation. 

Bro. A. J. Jones and wife were Sunday visitors 
in Bro. Jones' old home town, Williamsburg, re- 
cently. J. V. T., Cert. 1045. 

Superior Division — 

W. E. Barbee appointed agent at Chilton, leav- 
ing side wire at Green Bay dispatcher's office open 
for bids. 

You all have no doubt received your circular 
from the general secretary and treasurer, regard- 
ing settlement which has been secured by the com- 
mittee. As soon as you receive your schedule, 
study them carefully and live up to the rules, as 
everyone of them mean so much money to us. 
It is not fair to yourself or to your hard work- 
ing committee not to get wnat are your rights, 
after the rules have been secured; and don't for- 
get to send your contribution to replenish the 

Now is the time to line up the nons and the 
delinquents, who have no ground now to stand on 
with the back pay and overtime that everyone will 
soon get. They surely can see now what an 
enormous amount of good can be accomplished 
with a solid front. Everybody line up the ones 
working with you or in your vicinity right now. 

Bro. Gray has resumed as agent at Ontonagon. 

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Bro. A. J. Holmes is back at White Pine after 
a short visit to his home at Pishtigo, Wis. 

Bro. W. S. Cole is at St. Joseph's hospital. 
Menominee, Mich., with i bum leg. We hope to 
soon see him back. 

Would appreciate any items anyone would send 
to help give us a good write-up. 

A. F. Johnson, Cert. 2121. 

lozva Division — 

Bro. A. M. Bollinger relieved recently on third 
Browns by Mrs. J. B. McGuire. 

On vacations: Bro. P. A. Parmeter, third Par- 
alta, two weeks in Canada, relieved by G. H. 
House; agents Waucoma, Preston, Elwood and 
Morley, relieved by Helper Snyder, Strawberry 
Point; Bro. F. Doyle, Ncola, relieved by Bro. 
O. J. Atkins; Bro. M. Warmer, agent Dunbar, on 
a trip East, relieved by Fred Harvey; Bro. B. F. 
HoflFner, while on a visit, relieved by Bro. M. J. 
Marchant on Sabula second, who also relieved Bro. 
T. E. Minehart, second Paralta, several days, while 
his wife was undergoing an operation. 

The three Elder l^oys are now in Sioux City 
dispatcher's office; Alva and Phonce are dispatch- 
ing, and Chet on side table. We were sorry to 
lose such good men from this division, where they 
still hold their rights, and we hope they will keep 
their dues up. 

Bro. H. H. Dollarhide, at Neola, who has en- 
listed, and R. E. Ogg, third Sabula, expect to be 
called to the army soon. 

Bro. G. L. Bucknam is on second Council Bluffs 
yard pending bulletin, and Bro. Oley Oleson is 
back on first there, after three months at Straw- 
berry Point as agent. 

H. P. Buswell is in Perry dispatcher's office 
nights, on account of Vinner's illness. 

R. L. Brown, third Portsmouth, was taken to 
hospital recently for an operation. We hope for 
his speedy recovery. 

The following new members have been secured 
by Bro. W. H. Robinson: D. A. Arrasmith, O. J. 
Atkins, F. W. Bean, O. P. Byrd, G. L. Bucknam, 
A. J. Campbell, Dewey Chastain, Freeman Doyle, 
W. D. Fox, II. C. Gustafson, W. C. Mouser and 
C. B. Whitney (reinstated), Thos. Hays, T. L. 
Howlett, Lylle Hulsizer, L. A. Losey, L A. Mad- 
sen, F. A. Morton, L. C. Rawson, J. V. Richard- 
son, P. J. Rogers, G. W. Ryan and C. W. White. 
This is a good showing, leaving only one or two 
delinquents and a few nons on the division. Each 
member should get busy now and make it solid. 

Bill Uptegrove and R. L. Brown, second and 
third Portsmouth, have fitted up the section house 
as bachelor quarters. It keeps Brown busy cook- 
ing the game Upte brings in. No meatless days 
with them. 

We should show our app'eciation for the splen- 
did settlement just made by our committee by re- 
mitting our dues promptly and getting in the few 
remaining nons at once. 

Assignments: C. L. Schafer, agent Strawberry 
Point; Wm. Uptegrove, second Portsmouth; Bro. 
J. V. Richardson, second Van Torne; C. A. Sea- 
right, third Council Bluffs; Bro. M. Warner, agent 

Covington; Bro. Clark Lewis, third Coon Rapids; 
Bro. W. J. S weening, third Manilla; Bro. Lylle 
Hulsizer, third Capron; Irene Rogers, third Earl- 
ing; Bro. B. F. Hoffner, agent Dunbar; Bro. C. B. 
Whitney, Omaha City office; C. K. Priddy, Cotincil 
Bluffs freight office; Bro. W. H. Resting, second 
Manilla; Fred Harvey, second Earling. Open for 
bids Sabula, Defiance and Council Bluffs second. 
and Herndon third. Div. Cor.. Cert. 423. 

//. & D. Division Notes — 

Local Chairman Walker held meetings at Aber- 
deen and Montevideo, November 28th and Decern- 
ber 6th, respectively, to discuss provisions of the 
new schedule, effective September 1st for salary, 
and November 1st for rules. Every employe drew 
$30.00 to $40.00 back pay December 15th, which 
came in quite handy for Christmas. Everyone 
working nine hours or more will have quite a little 
overtime coming when our hours arc changed to 
what the new schedule provides for, but we won't 
be able to put on our slips for the extra hour per 
day until the "chief" changes our hours and the 
new schedules are distributed. All who have this 
extra hour coming should insist on getting it. 

Regarding news items for our write-up. The 
only time I have ever had any from any of the 
members was when I wrote asking for them. 
It should not be necessary for me to do this, as 
you all know as well as I do when these items 
should be sent me, and that when changes take 
place at your stations you should advise me of 
them. You are disappointed when you get your 
Telegrapher and find nothing in it from this old 
**Hot and Dry" division, and you will continue to 
be disappointed as long as you arc indifferent as 
to whether or not you help the correspondent. If 
I was a mind reader I would be running a "one- 
horse" station, as I co^ld get more money telling 

Please try and help me with the write-ups; as 
soon as there's a change or a new man at or 
near your station, drop me a line at Watson. 
If everyone would send just one item, we could 
have a good, newsy write-up in every issue. You 
brothers on the branch lines especially should try 
your best to send me the news, for it's been a 
long time since anyone from the branches have 
had their names in the journal. 

B. F. Fuller, Cert. 1366. 

Missoula Division — 

Our chairman passed over the division recently 
to explain our new schedule and line up the few 
remaining nons. While we have not attained all 
we desire, still it is a long step forward. As I 
think back to my first railroading days in the 
Eastern States on the wind-whipped prairies, I 
can not understand why there should be any nons 
left to line up. Then salaries ranged from $25 
to $40 — the very top. Switch lock freight houses, 
parrot conductors and overtime slips were as yet 
unknown. Operators were subject to call twenty- 
four hours a day and 365 days a year, with the 
exception of every fourth one, when another day 
was sneaked in the latter part of Februar>'. Just 

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who discovered this extra day has not yet been 
determined, but some great railroad manager should 
receive the honor. 

Back in the early nineties the hours were never 
less than twelve, and on the one-man jobs you 
reported to dispatcher at 7 a. m. and remained 
on duty until you received "GN," the time de- 
pending on business and the local, which in those 
days ran the .whole division, and if it showed up 
by 10 p. m. you were lucky. It came in more fre- 
quently at 2 or 3 a. ni. and unloaded several tons 
of freight any old place for you to truck in before 
you could go to bed. If no extra happened to 
open up its S. O. S. call before it was time to 
arise for the next day's sport, then all you had 
to do before you reported to the dispatcher was 
to pick up from four to a dozen switch lights, 
which you cleaned during the day in readiness to 
place on the switches in the evening before sun- 
down. At night offices, if these lights went out, 
it was "Mr. Owl's" duty to "hike out" and light 
them up, with the mercury around 30 or 40 below 
and a huricane breeze raging; tbcy had a regular 
habit of blowing out. I recall returning from 
many trips of that kind with my fingers frosted 
and the end of my nose peeled off. Every Job 
in those days carried an assortment of duties for 
the "ops" at terminals. You called the crews and 
delivered calls to the roundhouse for engines. 
Installing telephones for such duties had not yet 
been thonght of. At other places you weighed 
cars or did anything the section men wouldn't do. 
We never knew for certain from one pay day to 
the next what our salary was. A little slip might 
be attached to our check, "Reduction in salary 
has been found necessary." Schedules or con- 
tracts were unheard of; but with all that they were 
practically days of real sport, as we had no 
Hoover and eats were plctitiful and cheap. 

*'Ou>-TiMER." Cert. 2705. 

Mobile & Ohio R. k., Div. No. 24. 

St. Louis District — 

I desire to take this means of acknowledging 
the receipt of numerous letters since the com- 
pletion of our schedule, and desire personally to 
express to you all my appreciation for the kind 
expression of thanks contained therein. 

Your loyal support by standing firm very mate- 
rially assisted the committee in its most successful 
n'-gotiation, and this expression of confidence is 
very much appreciated by the general committee. 
With best wishes, I am, 

Fraternally yours, 
L. T. MuRDAUGH, General Chairman, 
Jackson, Tenn. 

SU Louis District — 

Everybody is pleased with our new contract, 
figuring the vacation, increases in salary and 
overtime, our money increase is 27 per cent. All 
of the agents at ^tions not heretofore included 
have either jomcd or will do so as soon as Bro. 
Murdaugh can get to them, as they are thinking 
men and know a good proposition. 

We still have a few nons who received as much 
and in son e cases more than the rest of us, and 
arc still out, but are asking for the back pay and 

During the last ten years we have increased our 
own and their salaries 95 per cent, and are not 
through yet, and it is the duty of every member 
now to help line them up. 

There were no bids on Perry second. Bro. 
Teague is there, extra. 

Assignments on bids: Bro. McCord, Murphys- 
boro third; Bro. Taylor, Henderson first; Bro. 
Gentle, Wheelers second; Bro. Brewer, Pomona 
agency; Bro. Utley, Wheelers third; Bro. Mc- 
Dermott. Cahokia first; Bro. Rose, Red Bud third; 
Bro. T. D. White, fourth, Bro. J. R. White, 
second, and Bro. Richardson, Corinth third. The 
two last named brothers have joined Uncle Sam's 
forces for service "over there." Here's "Good 
Luck and God Bless You" to th^m. 

W. R. Smith, who bid in Ruslor third, promises 
to join pay day. 

A happy New Year to all. Div. Cor. 

"Cotton Belt" Ry., Div. No. 27. 

Jonesboro to Illmo — 

Our new system division has been given number 
27. We should now all take an interest in the 
work and strive to make our new division a com- 
plete success. Remember that the O. R. T. and 
Division No. 27 belong to every member who car- 
ries an up to date, and who takes an interest in 
his own welfare and encourages others to do the 
same. We must put our entire support into the 
cause in order to obtain better conditions, which 
we surely deserve. You have elected your gen- 
eral committee to represent you, and every mem- 
ber should put forth his best efforts and give it a 
100 per cent backing, as it can only secure such 
conditions for you as your support warrant. Re- 
member, brothers, if we do not look after our 
interest, no one else will. We must keep after 
the nons and slackers who wait until the last 
moment to pay their dues, for we can not bank 
on such men. It should be our aim to complete 
thorough organization on the "Cotton Belt." The 
time is near at hand when your committee will, 
enter into negotiations with the management for a 
schedule revision, and every member should get 
on the firing line and give their entire support to 
the committee. With living expenses increased 
nearly 100 per cent in the past year, it is high 
time that we secure that which is rightfully ours. 

Show me art investment in anything other than 
the O. R. T. that pays better interest on our 
money for the little we invest in the O. R. T. It 
sure does pay a mighty large interest. Every time 
a railroad gets a new revision of its schedule, it 
generally divides it up so each man gets from 
$60 to $150 per year -more pay. It costs him only 
$12 to $20 per year to belong to the O. R. T., so 
look at the large interest you receive on the 
money you invest therein. Every member added 
makes us that much stronger, and we will gain 
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Just keep sticking to that O. R. T. card and you 
will be O. K., and the O. R. T. will take care 
of you. It is getting better schedules and work- 
ing conditions on some road, or a lot of them at 
the same time, every month in the year. 

Bro. R. W. Day is relieving cashier-operator 
Dexter while on ninety days' vacation. 

Bro. G. A. Horn has returned from a three 
months' dtay in the West, to second Maiden. 

Bro. Baldridge, second Paragould, was relieved 
by Bro. McCutcheon, of Division No. 32, one day 
on account of sickness. 

Let's all get busy and get a 1918 card quickly. 
They are sure pretty. 

T. H. Robinson. Cert. 101. 

Seaboard Air Line Ry.f DIv. No. 28. 

/Ilabama Division — 

Bro. R. J. Cannon, second Collins, has left for 
Camp Gordon with "Uncle Sam's" fighting forces. 
Some of the rest of us are likely to be called upon 
soon, and if we are, we will do our best to make 
good soldiers. 

Bro. R. L. Wood bid in second Americus, vice 
Sease, to "SA," leaving first Vidalia on bulletin. 

Bro. Matthis, Omaha, is off for his health also 
Mr. Mills, second Richland. 

Bro. Fanning, freight agent Vidalia, is having a 
tough time with a short force, being unable to se- 
cure the clerks needed. Bro. Hamilton, third 
Vidalia, visited home folks at Collins a few days 

It is now Bro. A. P. Thomas, agent Lyons. We 
are glad to have him with us. This leaves only 
about three nons on this division. It is also Bro. 
Harrison, at Clisby Park, Ala.; Bro. Davis, at 
Plains; Bro. W. B. McGowan at Shops; Bro. G. G. 
Stanford, at Sledges; Bro. N. M. Woods, at 
Weston; Bro. Jno. D. Williams, clerk-operator 
at Columbus; Bro. W. R. Arnold, at Parrott; 
Bro. H. G. Blackshcar, at Leslie; Bro. V. M. 
Beecher, clerk-operator at Dawson. A few of 
these were delinquents; now all .are up to date. 

Let us all remit our 1918 dues promptly and 
keep up to date. 

We are all proud that our contract covers our 
dispatchers. We now have as good, if not a better, 
contract as any other road, and we are proud of 
the work our committee did and of the loyal sup- 
port given it, dispatchers included. 

Give me all the news items you can, for I can 
not keep up with every move made on the entire 
division, and I desire to have all the information 

Understand the clerk-operator job at Mont- 
gomery is being handled by a man who can not 
telegraph, the wire work being done by the pres- 
ent rate clerk. This is being investigated. 

Boys, stay on your jobs now. The company 
has a right to demand it. Let's all see how well 
we can attend to our duties. 

H. L. Caetke, Cert. 1423, 

Vidalia, Ga. 

Missouri Pacific R. R., Div. No. 31. 

Illinois Division — . 

It is sad enough to lose our loved ones by death, 
but we are almost unable to appreciate the extreme 
sorrow that must come to one« who after such an 
experience is unable to locate the remains of a 
relative. Such was the recent experience of Sister 
Jewell Sackett, of South Dupo, 111. 

Her brother, Bro. J. L. Sackett, on his way 
home. from Buffalo, N. Y., where he had been for 
treatment, became speechless and helpless while 
waiting for connections in the LaSalle street sta- 
tion, and was taken to a Chicago hospital, where 
he died on November 18th« without regaining con- 

Before reaching the hospital some miscreant de- 
void of all the instincts of humanity robbed him 
of all his personal belongings, including his card, 
money, watch, etc., not leaving a thing whereby he 
might be identified. 

As he had wired home from Chicago, November 
16th, that he would be there on the next train 
if able, the suspense of expectancy and subsequent 
disappointment by his non-arrival, and sorrowful 
sleepless nights spent by Sister Sackett trying to 
find him through the Chief of Police of Chicago, 
can hardly be imagined. 

She finally located his body through the cor<Mier, 
and had k brought home for burial December 7tli. 

Bro. J. L. Sackett, who carried a card in the 
Grand Division, was a train dispatcher, but had 
not worked in that line for the past four or five 
years. He was beloved by all who knew him. 

CniT. 399. 


Wherbas, Our Bro. J. L. Sackett has been called 
to his reward in the great beyond; therefore, in 
manifestation of our grief and fraternal sympathy, 
be it 

Resolved, That the members of Missouri Pacific 
R. R. System Division No. 31, of the Order of 
Railroad Telegraphers, extend to the family of our 
departed brother our sincere and heartfelt sym- 
pathy; and be it further 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be 
sent to the bereaved family, and a copy published 
in The Railkoad Tblbgkapher. 

(Signed) - H. J. Mohlbk, 
F. C. Ahebms, 



Memphis Division — 


Whereas, The Supreme Being, in His in- 
finite wisdom, has called to Himself the beloved 
daughter of our esteemed Bro. M. L. Richardson, 
and we bow in humble submission to Him who 
doeth all things best; we realize that our sympathy 
can best be expressed in words of condolence; 
therefore, be it 

Resolved, That the members of Memphis Divi- 
sion Missouri Pacific Division 31, Order of Rail- 
road Telegraphers, extend to the bereaved brothet 

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and his family their heartfelt sympathy in their 
sad bereaTemeiK; and be it further 

Resolved^ That a copy of these resolutions be 
sent the brother, a copy mailed The TsLKcaAPHSB 
for publication, and a copy spread upon the min- 
utes of the division. t i? n 

J. F. PaocTOR, 

Operator Paikin, Ark., 
E. H. BaiGGS, 

Local Chairman, 
G. M. Flippim, 
N. S. Morgan, 


Bro. Stemmons has returned to Houstonia 
agency, and A. Eberhardt to California. T. M. 
Farris has resigned and gone to Kansas City. 

Bro. L. O. Kennedy, relieved by F. K. Farris, 
of Lamontc, at "CD" Kansas City, is at "CY" 

Brothers, help us on the write-up each month 
and to get in the nons. 

Wishing you the seasons greetings. 
Yours fraternally, 

Al. S. BiYAK, Cert. 381. 

Jopiin Division — 

Bro. £. C Hawkins, second Rich Hill, is now 
at Jefferson Barracks in the service of "Uncle 
Sam/' Another good brother gone from our ranks, 
but our loss is our country's gain, as no better 
man ever worked on the Jopiin Division than Bro. 
Hawkins. The best wishes of all the boys go with 
him, and we sincerely hope that he may return to 
as unscathed, covered with glory. 

Bro. J. A. Broyles bid in Pittsburg first, vice 
Bro. Roy Christel, promoted to relay department 

Bro. T. W. Wolfe bid in Butler second, and 
R. E. Greenlee third there, being the only bidder. 

Bro. R. L. Rader, Mound City, is on sixty days* 

Bro. Lk H. Weaver, Horton second, has decided 
to stay in Idaho. We are sorry to lose this brother, 
as he is made of true blue stuff, and those are 
men that make our battle front inconquerable. 

We are glad to welcome Bro. S. E. Honey, 
extra Pittsburg, to our growing family. 

First Jopiin, second Rich Hill, Sheldon, Pitts- 
burg and Horton are on bulletin. 

We have lost several good men in the last six 
months, and in most instances their places have 
been filled with men without cards. This reduces 
our percentage, and we must not forget to impress 
upon those working near you the importance of 
getting an up to date. We should soon be 100 
per cent strong, and with each member doing his 
duty we can easily accomplish it. 

The committee is up for a revision of the 
schedule, and we will be the best road in the ter- 
ritory when we attain it, so let's all buckle to it 
and eliminate the non. C. V. Rows. 

Eastern Division — 

Assignments: W. L. Bettis, of Napoleon, to 
third Lees Summit; Bro. F. C. Haub, of Grays 
Summit, to 23d St., St. Louis; Bro. F. A. Wilson 
to second ''DO" Sedalia, succeeded on third there 
by Bro. A. S. BryAn. 

On bulletin: Agent-telegrapher New Haven, 
Grays Summit and Malta Bend, and third Eureka. 

Bro. Howell, Independence, while attending 
court was relieved by R. H. Beverburg a few days, 
who also relieved Bro. S. S. Johnson, local chair- 
man, second Lees Summit, on a trip over the 
division, hunting nons; Beverburg later bid in third 

Bro. W. Polney, second Tipton, relieved by J. 
W. Yotmg on account of sickness. 

Central Kansas Division — 

Bro. Thigpen, called to Denver on account of the 
sickness and death of his brother, was relieved 
by Bro. Morgan, from Carlton. 

The new 1,500 class engines are now being used 
for pusher trains on the east end, and the 6,400 
class for helpers. Bro. Mills, at Wagstaff, says it 
takes lots of patriotism to hand nineteen orders 
to the new 1,500 class engines, the way the engi- 
neers go by a red board. ^ 

Extra men are so scarce on this division that 
it's almost impossible to gt\ relief. 

Bro. Duff relieved Layton for Allen, who was 
relieving McClellan, Herington third, on account 
of sickness. 

Bro. Thigpen, of Elmo, who relieved Bro. Neale 
' when he resigned as local chairman, advises that 
several non-telegraph agencies on this division are 
now being held by brothers with up-to-date cards. 
If the non-telegraph agent at $40.00 a month can 
do that, we who are getting twice that amount for 
telegraph jobs, should be able to do so. 

Brothers, if you have a non working by you, 
keep after him until he joins. Let's all get our 
cards for the new year and start it right. Get 
in the few delinquents and remember, "No card, 
no favors." 

The K. N. & D. boys now have their offices 
equipped with the main line sounders, which does 
away with local batteries. 

Bro. Deal, first "CO" Grove, who has Uken 
the Kansas City Star and Times agency in order 
to get more exercise than handling the thirty-two 
levers and other work, relieved Bro. Neale when 
he went to St Louis on committee work; Bro. 
Owens to second and G. B. Glasner to third. 
Rantoul bid in by McClellan, third Herington, vice 
Bro. Wells, resigning to go on his farm. Third 
trick put on at Geneseo is up for bids. Bro. 
Briggs has gone to the Western Union at Kansas 
City, Dodson first being pulled off. 

Bro. Day, Osawatomie yard second, was relieved 
several days by a new man from the Santa Fe. 

The committee is up with the management for 
a new schedule. The way for us to get what we 
are entitled to is for all of us to get in line with 
a new 1918 card. Men in our line are hard to 
get, because they can get more for common ordi- 
nary labor, and work only six days a week, while 
we work seven. The railroads are making more 
money now than they ever did before; surely we 
ought to have at least enough to live on. We must 
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better rules and increased salary at our request, 
and we must give it our solid support. 

Bro. Weaver, agent Blue Mound, on vacation, 
was relieved by Henderson from Stilwell. 

Ceet. 749. 

^Frisco" Ry., Div. No. 32. 

Bro. E. F. Bloraeyer, agent Caruthersvtlle, Mo., 
has resigned to go with a wholesale grocery com- 
pany there. We regret very much to lose him. 
He was relieved on bid by Davidson, agent Fcatus, 

Bro. V. E. Hopkins, agent Marston, has been 
assigned to first Hayti, succeeded on bid by Bro. 
J. A.. Shain, agent Matthews, relieved by Extra 
Finn pending bulletin. Bro. C. A. Jobe is back 
on third Hayti. 

Bro. Libscomb, Kennett, Mo., bid io first Cape 

Bro. J. A. Shain, agent Matthews, was off ten 
days attending court at Jonesboro. 

Bro. John Lafont, first Sikeston, Mo., visiting 
relatives fifteen days, was relieved by Ohcar. 

Bro. F. H. Blomeyer was off one day visiting 
his sick parents at Farmington, Mo. 

Bro. L. Berry, agent Holland, Mo., was off a 
few days recently attending court at Memphis. 

Bro. Zimmerman, agent Maiden, has resigned 
and entered the Government service. 

Other, changes have been made that I am not 
familiar with, and would be pleased to receive 
items each month for publication. 

J. H. Grabiel. 

Baltimore dl Ohio R. R., Div. No. 33. 

In lieu of references by the different correspond- 
ents of the system to the provisions of the new 
schedule, we submit the following: 

ifsadquarters general committee, 
Hotel Rennert. 
Baltimore, Md., December 24, 1917. 
All Members B. & O. System Division No. 33 — 
As a result of the negotiations^ which began in 
Baltimore on August 20th, the following changes 
in the old rules and new ones secured are hereby 
submitted to you for your information and guid- 
ance : 

Article 4. (b) The words "prior to three days" 
have been eliminated. 

Article 6. (a) The following words have been 
added to first section of this paragraph: "Seni- 
ority shall not be accumulative after holding the 
above positions one year." 

(b) after the words "shall assert their senior- 
ity" the words "in writing" have been inserted. 

Article 9. (c) and (d) The words "not relieved 
from Sunday duty" have been eliminated. In 
the future it will not be necessary for exclusive 
agents to perform Sunday service to obtain 

New paragraph (e) has been added, as fol- 
lows, which will take place of the words "This 
article does not apply to extra employes." 

(e) The foregoing paragraphs of this article 
do not apply to extra employes but when ao ex- 
tra becomes a regular employe, the accumulated 
days worked extra shall be credited to his service 
record, and when added to his time worked after 
becoming regular, shall form the basis for vaca- 
tion, allowance as per this article at the salary 
of the position which he holds. 

Article 10. (a) Overtime rate increased from 35 
to 40 cents per hour. 

(b) "Call" increased from 50 to 60 cents. 

(c) New paragraph, secured by arbitration. 
When employes are required to work on Sun- 
day they will be so advised on the preceding Sat- 
urday. Employes required to report for duty on 
Simday shall be paid for such service on regular 
pro rata basis, based on calendar month, in addi- 
tion to the regular monthly salary. 

The hours required to work on Sunday shall 
be within the regular daily established hours of 
the employe affected. Any employe's trick split 
more than twice on Sunday, the employe shall 
receive pay for the entire day. The above to 
apply to both road and relay positions covered 
by the schedule. 

J Article 11. (e) Changed to read ten consecutive 
days instead of eleven. 

Article 15. (a) No change. 

(b) Amended to read as follows: "in two 
trick offices eight consecutive hours shall consti- 
tute a day's work." 

(c) "In one trick offices nine hours, exclusive 
of meal hour, shall constitute a day's work. 
Except as relieved for meals, the hours shall be 

The meal hour period on the B. & O. S.-W. 
and B. & O. proper will remain as in the old 

(Hours for exclusive agents and leyermen re- 
main the same.) 

Article 17 (b) has been changed to comply with 
Article 10-c. 

(d) Overtime increased from 45 to 50 cents, 
(f) Will be rearranged so as to provide for 

I'oledo Division. 

(h) Substitute the following for the old para- 
graph: "All telegraphers or telephoners in relay 
offices shall receive the same rate of pay for 
that office." 

Article 22. Substitute $3.00 per for $2.75, and 
eight hours for nine hours. 

Article 24. (New.) 

It is not the disposition of the railroad com- 
pany to displace operators by having trainmen or 
other employes' operate the telephone for the pur- 
pose of blocking trains, handling train orders or 
messages, except in bona fide cases of emergency. 
This does not apply to train crews using the tele- 
phone at the end of passing sidings or spur trades 
in communicating with the operator. 

In regard to the handling of United States 
mail, the management was agreeaj^e to tht fol- 

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lowing understanding: "Where the United States 
mail increases to such an extent as to interfere 
seriously with the duties of the employes, the 
nutter will be taken up locally for adjustment." 

In regard to the application of certain features 
of the agreement to the Staten Island Lines, it 
was agreed that the same increase in rates of 
pay and the same Sunday overtime rule as se- 
cured on the B. & O. proper would be granted 
to these employes. It was further agreed that the 
oTcrtime and "call" rates would be given that 
part of the system. 

In the matter of exclusive agents, it was agreed 
that all those receiving salaries ranging from 
$45.00 to $95.00, inclusive, shall be included in 
the wage scale. 

It was also agreed that a certain number of 
ticket agents, aAistant agents and levermen posi- 
tions will be placed in the wage scale subject to 
the agreement 

The questions arbitrated were the increase in 
wages and the rule providing for Sunday over- 
time; the result of the award on the Sunday over- 
time question will be listed as Article 10, para- 
graph (c), which rule goes into effect the day 
the award is filed with the district court in Balti- 
more. An increase in wages of ten (10) per cent 
was granted, same to be apportioned as may be 
mutually agreed upon between the committee and 
representatives of the company. This feature will 
date back to September 1. 1917. 

The rales changed and the new ones secured, 
either in conference with the management or 
through the mediator, go into effect as of Decem- 
ber Uth, on which day the mediation agreement 
was signed. 

The award was not as liberal as we hoped for; 
howerer, taking into consideration the vacation 
rule we have, and the valuable changes in the 
old rules which were secured, the settlement was 
about on a par with others of recent date. It is 
estimated that the cost per annum of this settle- 
ment will run approximately $620,000.00, which is 
the largest ever secured by the employes of this 

In response to the circular letter dated Decem- 
ber 12th, with request to mail your committee an- 
swers to the questionnaire, beg to state that the 
returns were indeed gratifying; it clearly demon- 
strated that you were alive to your own welfare, 
and on the day of the hearings (December 20th) 
wc were able to turn over to the arbitrators one 
thousand and eighteen of these answers, and over 
two hundred were received too late for presenta- 
tion; about two or three from each division were 
read into the records. 

The arbitration board was compobed of the 
following gentlement: Judge Charles A. Woods, 
of the Court of Appeals of South Carolina, and 
Mr. Francis E. Leupp, of Washington, D. C, 
neutral members; Mr. George H. Campbell, assist- 
ant to the president of the Baltimore & Ohio, and 
Mr. F. E. Blaser, assistant general manager of the 
Baltimore & Ohio, representing the railroad, and 
Bros. J. J. Dermody, fourth vice-president O. R. T., 
^<J J- F. Miller, chairman of the board of direct- 
ors of the O. R. T., for the employes. The hear- 

ings were begun at 10 a. m. Thursday, December 
20th, but on account of Mr. Campbell being de- 
layed en route to Baltimore, they were postponed 
until 2 p. m. 

Our case was presented by Bro. Perham in a 
most able and efficient manner, and Mr. J. M. 
Davis, vice-president, presented the case for the 
Baltimore & Ohio in a like manner. The pro- 
ceedings were most cordial and harmonious 
throughout. We concluded our testimony, which 
was given through one witness, as had been pre- 
viously agreed to by Bro. Perham and Mr. Davis, 
the general chairman acting as witness for the 
employes, and Mr. C. J. Crawford, chief bureau 
rates of pay, for the company. 

The entire afternoon of the first day was taken 
up in presenting the employes' side of the ,case. 
Our witness was on the stand nearly three hours, 
after which Bro. Perham closed the case and an 
adjournment was taken until 10 o'clock the fol- 
lowing morning. 

At 10 a. m. Mr. Davis presented the case for 
the railroad company, placing his witness on the 
stand, filing the uiual exhibits and closed his 
case about noon, after which the entire matter 
was left in the hands of the arbitration board. 

In behalf of the general committee, I desire to 
express our appreciation to the entire member- 
ship for their untiring, patient and loyal support 
in assisting your committee to bring these nego- 
tiations to a definite conclusion. 

As you are no doubt aware that these negotia- 
tions were a source of considerable expense to 
Division No. 33, and as you are about to receive 
a considerable amount in back pay, better wages 
and working conditions, I trust you will show 
your appreciation by remitting your dues promptly 
to General Secretary and Treasurer Bro. Shaffer 
at your very earliest convenience. Allow me to 
suggest that those of you who can conveniently 
do so, remit $12 for an annual card for 1918; also 
see that the non near you is supplied with appli- 
cation blanks and invited to become a member 
of this organization. 

Wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year, 
I am. Yours fraternally, 

J. Yeageb, General Chairman. 

Indiana Dii-ision — 

Probably by this time all have recovered from 
the effects of the Havana terribles and chew- 
ing barber-stick candy, and made good excuses 
to the forgotten friend. 

Rube Boileau, third Oakley, is s>till out; unable 
to comprehend the advantages of a good clean 
name among his associates; and of the highest and 
most cherished ideals of the human race. 

Charles Prey, of Seymour, has entered our midst, 
standing for the principles of true Americanism, 
Freedom and Justice. We greet him from the 
heart out, and hope we shall ever be able to 
address him as our friend and brother. 

That the men of our profession arc among the 
most intelligent, well read, clean cut men of the 
world, and the poorest paid of all occupations, 
including section men and common labor, is a fact 
that can not be disputed. The starvation wage 

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upon which a telegrapher is forced to exist for 
the highest nerve-racking profession that a human 
can choose, is an explanation of the cause for 
there being probably two telegraphers in other 
occupations for every man working at that pro- 

When the world considers the handling of lives 
as precious as the delivery of letters, and the com- 
pensation for telegraphing is equivalant to that 
paid a common deliveryman, the return of men 
to this profession shall equal any demands that 
can be placed upon it. 

In order that better conditions shall exist and 
for the security of food for our dependents as 
well as ourselves, there is but one course open. 
We have chosen it, and it is for us ourselves to 
maintain the path, that others to come may fol- 
low. Get after the non. In fact it comes sur- 
prisingly close to being the non, as our division is 
only a small fraction short of perfect. 

Bro. O. O. Shortridge, cashier for the Order 
of Railroad Telegraphers, at St. Louis, has re- 
sumed duty as agent at Medora. 

Bro. E. L. Carrico, having suffered several 
months with an ingrown toe nail, had several 
toes amputated at Indianapolis, when the trouble 
proved of a serious nature. Ed. is doing nicely 
and expects to be back shortly. Non R. P. Dorset, 
who has had excellent work all summer and 
exhibits a fine talent for excuses, is relieving him 
on second Shoals. 

East Norwood agency has been abolished, ac- 
counts being handled by Agent Gabriel, at Nor- 
wood; East Norwood ticket agency is being 
handled by former Agent Woodmansee, and all 
interchange freight by an interchange clerk. All 
local shipments of freight are handled at Norwood. 

Train dispatchers for the Cincinnati Terminals 
have been moved from Eighth street depot to Cin- 
cinnati Junction (old C. H. & D. Junction), on 
the site of the old dispatcher's office of many years 
ago. Crew dispatchers at Eighth street handle the 
distribution of train crews for both divisions. No 
change has been made in the method of opera- 
tion on the Toledo Division (C. H. & D.). 

Assignments: L. J. Swengel, North Bend third, 
and E. O. McKay, second; J. M. Mack, Dearborn 

Vacancies: Dillsboro third and "SG" Cincin- 
nati midnight trick. 

Remember the M. K. & T. strike is still on. 

Div. Cor. 

New Castle Division — 

Thanks are due Bros. Rupert and McCannon 
for news items this month. Come again, boys, it 
sure helps. 

Bros. Van Wraken and Reese are now on first 
and second at Nova. Bro. Burch, on six months' 
leave, working in Lorain, relieved by R. D. Shar- 
ritt, from the "Big 4." 

Bro. Post, late of Camp Sherman, is back on 
second at Newton Falls, having been discharged 
from the army on account being married. 

Bro. McCannon, at Girard, got skinned up some 
when a Pennsylvania train broke an arch bar 
while going over the crossing, tearing up the track 
and putting a rail through the front of the office. 

Bro. Hunter, formerly at "UN" tower, is back 
again and working second "UN;" Assistant Yard- 
master Taylor, from Painesville, is on third there. 

Dispatchers were recently moved from their 
summer home in Painesville to the old stand at 
"NC" Jet., and the Lake Branch added to. the 
west end. 

A timetable has been put in effect on the New 
Castle Branch and is now handled by the dis- 
patchers, and all trains are required to get a clear- 
ance by telephone from "OA" tower, which adds 
considerable to the work at this point. 

Bro. Haney is the newest recruit in the O. R. T. 
ranks; it it also Sister Rattigan at Haselton yard, 
transferred from Division 17. We are sure glad 
to get the ladies. 

Bro. Stout has finally been checked in as agent 
at Rittman, having secured exemption from mili- 
tary service. 

Keep after the nons; there are still several of 
them loose on the division, and to make the Order 
a complete success on the B. & O. they must be 

Several have asked me about new seniority lists. 
If any of you are interested enough to help out <m 
the printer's bill, I will sec that we get them. I 
had the last bunch printed, as it had been several 
years since we had had a list, but my finances 
won't stand it again. So if everybody helps just 
a little, the lists will be printed. Do your bit. 

G. A. M. 

To Members Cleveland Division: 

Received a long letter from Bro. Baul, located 
at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., member of Company 
C, 6th Field Bn. Signal Corps., who, by the way, 
will carry an up to date to France. He sends best 
wishes to all his friends, and reads our letter every 
month with interest. 

Bro. Landis relieved a few days by Mr. Payne, 
a new man, recently, on account of the sickness 
■>f relatives. 

Bro. Tope, of Seville, was relieved a few days 
by Prof. Miller, Seville High, an ex-brass pounder 
who got away from the game. 

We may soon lose our dear friend at Peninsula. 
The only non holding a regular position. We ex- 
pected to land him in time, but it seems that 
victory will be denied us. 

Paste these few lines upon your window: 
No card, no favors. 
No notes, no letter. 
No interest, no benefits. 
No schedule, no increase. 
No O. R. T., no protection. 
Hold to the agreement at all times without fear 
or favor. 

Fraternally yours, 

W^ A. McCabb. 
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Pere Marquette R. R., DIv. No. 39. 

Members DiTision Thirty-nine: 

Yon will not be disappointed in the progress 
made the past year* when you receive the annual 

Your committee appreciates the interest being 
shown, and you can not help but make progress 
if each brother will continue to put forth just a 
little effort. 

It has been a pleasure to serve you during the 
year just passed, and the relationship between us 
and the officials has been all that could be de- 
sired. The management in its transactions with. 
OS has treated us fairly, and every grievance I 
have taken up for adjustment has been satisfac- 
torily settled. Let us, therefore, continue to put 
forth our best efforts. 

Notwithstanding the splendid revision we se- 
cured, several brothers have written us relative to 
another. These letters should be sent to the 
secretary treasurer, where they are kept on file 
for record. We were chosen to represent you, 
hence your expression of wishes govern our actions. 

We owe our deepest gratitude to our brothers 
who have answered the call of their country. The 
Grand Division does not deem it wise, or can not 
waive the dues of these brothers; but we have 
decided to make the current dues for all in the 
service $3.00 semi-annually, commencing January 
1st; this waives almost all of our proportion. 

There is some misunderstanding on the vaca- 
tion claose which is seven days and includes one 
Sunday. // Sunday is regularly worked, seven 
days* pay is allowed, but if Sunday is not worked, 
but six days' pay is allowed. 

With best wishes to every one of you for a 
happy New Year. Yours fraternally, 

R. M. Buam, General Chairman. 

Division Thirty-nine Notes — 

Bro. C. H. Hall, relief agent, who relieved at 
Wheeler a week, also relieved Agent Paulsen, 
at Gowen ten days, went to Northern woods on a 
hunting trip, returning with a big fine buck, and 
later relieved Sister Miss Ola Higbce, operator- 
cashier, at Lowell, another ten days, on vacation. 

Bro. Freer, of Merrills, relieved by Agent R. H. 
Carroll, recently of Trufant, for ten days, and 
later went to Sandusky. 

Bro. Stroupe, of Breckenridgc, who fell recently, 
breaking a rib, is being relieved by Relief Agent 

There is one station on our division where the 
agent and his wife have not paid their July-Decem- 
l>cr dues, claiming that hard times, high cost of 
linng and sickness prevents. The two positions 
are paying better than $200 per, and the last 
revision were increased $26 per. Recently the 
agent was also awarded a $25 cash prize for the 
neatest, cleanest appearing station and most 
accurate accounts, and still no funds to pay dues. 
It sounds funny, to* say the least. 

The annual circular and dues cards for first 
Wf of 1918 term have been mailed out. The 
constitution provides for "annual" cards, and we 

urge ms many as possible to remit for the year 
instead of one term only; thereby saving time and 
postage, also any possibility of your becoming de- 
linquent. Also saves your secretary the time and 
trouble of entering your name twice in the ledger 
and making extra reports. When your remittances 
are received they are handled in order and re- 
ported weekly, t. e., the 1st, 7th, 14th and 21st of 
each month. Owing to the 3-cent postage it has 
been decided not to mail acknowledgments of each 
remittance, unless it is for special contributions 
or specially requested by the remitter. 

Article XIV, page 5, of our present schedule, 
provides for seven (7) days' vacation for all 
telegraphers that have been employed two years 
or more. Seven days constitute a week, one of 
which is a holiday we already have, and being 
paid on a twenty-six work day basis we can not 
therefore expect pay for that day; however it was 
understood that telegraphers required to perform 
a like number of hours of service on Sunday as" 
during the week, will receive seven days' pay, the 
same as for his Sunday work if performed, and 
those not compelled to perform full hours on Sun- 
days, will receive compensation as for one week's 
work. We admit this article is not thoroughly 
defined, and have already taken proper steps to 
rectify it with the next revision, so it will be 
plainly understood by all. 

There is to be a reduction o.f clerical and teleg- 
raphers' positions at all stations wherever business 
actually permits during the dull winter months, 
claimed on account of the decrease of business and 
war times. We have all been informed that great 
sacrifices are to be made until after this war is 
over, and I presume this is one of them; the lot 
falling to the telegraphers and others in the station 
forces, making many of us double our work and 
labor long hours to perform the necessary duties. 

" 'Tis true that we are in great danger; the 
■greater therefore our courage should be." Let us 
show our officials that we realize the sacrifices they 
have undergone, and as we are one of the main 
spokes of the great wheel of this nation (the 
grandest on earth), we should therefore sacrifice 
accordingly without a murmur. 

Div. Cor., Cert. 224. 

Members Division Thirty-nine: 

This is the first time a good many of us have 
received any increase since October 1, 1910. Fig- 
uring that it took us five years to gain our present 
schedule, we must figure that it will take us an 
equal amount of time to gain our next one, and I 
would suggest that every member write Bros. 
Burr and Neff and their local chairman and tell 
them what we want. These men do not know what 
we want or if we want anything unless we tell 
them we do, and we owe it to them and to our- 
selves to tell them what we want. They are all 
good, live men and working hard for us, and we 
want to back them up. If they had been supported 
as they deserved to be they would have been able 
to get us a much larger increase than they did. 

The M. C. R. boys are after a new schedule 
away ahead of any thing so far, and even now 

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they arc about $20 a month per man ahead of us. 
What will they be when thcy get their new 
schedule? Don't let this matter get cold, think 
over it and decide what you need to meet the 
present high cost of living. Send in your dues 
to the secretary at once, and every man who thinks 
be should have a raise write a letter to both the 
secretary and chairman, advising them how he 
looks at the present situation. We will get action 
if we only demand it. Our general chairman or 
secretary and local chairman will do just ^exactly 
what we instruct them to do. If we all show them 
that we ^wa;it another schedule, then they will 
most certainly see that the proper steps are taken 
to put it before the management, but if we all 
sit back and go to sleep for a time, how are they 
to know that we want another? 

Don't be afraid to let your opinion be known. 
Not only write to our officers as I have noted, but 
also try and put a word in the magazine once in 
awhile, so we will have a line up once a year at 

If we want anything we must go at it and work 
for it; not sit around and tell the towns people 
how hard we work and what our pay is. We have 
iieen doing that for years and never got any- 
where. Write to the general chairman. 

Cert. 141. 

Hocking Valley Ry., Div. No. 40. 

Hocking and River Division and Branches — 

Some twenty-eight members were present at the 
meeting in Logan at the Depot Hotel, including 
our Local Chairmen McClain and Bayles, of the 
Toledo Division, the former in the chair. Every- 
body participated in a general discussion of the 
various points of the new schedule; Bro. McClain 
telling us how the schedule was gotten, and Gen- 
eral Chairman Hicks being voted the medal. Bro: 
Bayles was just starting to give us a talk as No. 
38 came in and the meeting disbanded. We hope 
to have this "big man" with us again. If you 
north end boyg do not think we had a grand meet- 
ing, ask Bro. Bayles. 

We should see that all the boys on the Hock- 
ing Valley line up solid now, and work our motto 
for all there is in it, "No card, no favors." They 
got an increase without spending a penny for it, 
If I put my hand into a "non's" pocket and took 
out $S every pay day in the year, the law would 
take care of me, yet we arc allowing them to take 
a share of what we earn and pay for apparently 
without a murmur. Our next schedule should 
bear this foot note: "These rates of pay shall not 
apply to non-members." This saving would prob- 
ably be acceptable to the company. 

The nons are receiving enough each month in 
benefits we got for them to pay for a card. Thcy 
are no friends of ours, and it is about time and 
to our interest to let them know what we think 
of them. Be careful not to ask them for any 
favors and do not grant them any. Let everyone 
take more interest in this matter and use the "slo- 
gan" as "patience has ceased to be a virtue" with 
them. You brothers know where such ones of this 

type are situated on the Belt Branch and Hocking 

Up for bids: Second Sugar Grove, third Cum- 
mings and second and third Snow Fork Jet- 
Local Chairman McClain and Bro. Robinson, 
Valley Crossing, spent several days in Vinton 
. County during the hunting season and got a few 

Bro. Clark, Lockville, visited his parents at 
Cheshire, and took a trip to Cincinnati and Pitts- 
burg via boat route during his vacation. 

We are all sorry to learn of the death of the 
father of Bro. Kanode. second Old Town yard. 
Fifty-seven remitted a total of $14.25 for a floral 
design, carded "Telegraphers," costing $10.00, 
leaving a balance in my hands of $4.25 to be 9et 
aside as a floral fund. When any of you brothcrt 
lose a relative, kindly notify your chairman or 
assistant chairman. I know of several cases re- 
cently where this has occurred and no one knew 
anything of it. I wish to thank all those who 
contributed the 25 cents each, and think we should 
have a "floral fund." 

Bro. O'Neil, Greendale, Ohio, has secured a 
patents on a relay sounder, doing away with local 
batteries and giving a much clearer sound. He 
will appreciate it very much if the brothers will 
help him to get the railroads to use it. He will 
send one to any address on r^eipt of $5. They 
are easily attached to the standard relay and save 
the operator the trouble of keeping up a battery 
and the company the expense of material. We 
have one and can recommend it. 

Brothers, in bidding on any positions, be sure 
and send a copy to your local chairman, this 
may save trouble. 

Telegraph service established at Hawks bid in 
by Bro. Dufl^y, second Marion; this position puts 
Duf at home. 

Bros. Albaugh and Evans, of Buchtel and Car- 
bon Hill, were recent Columbus Sunday visitors. 

Bro. Nihiser, second Logan, disposed of his 
two-wheel road duster and purchased a three- 
wheeler on the ninety-pound steel. 

On vacations: Bro. Lake, agent Enterprise, 
relieved by Relief Agent Pierce, ten days, visiting 
in Columbus and the southern part of the State; 
Bro. Worthman, first Armitage, fifteen days, en- 
joying the butchering and corn peeling on his 
father's farm near Orland; Bro. Shockey, first 
Mound St., fifteen days, visiting his parents at 
McArthur and at his new home on Groveport 
Pike near Columbus; Bro. Davidson, first East 
Clayton, hunting and trapping; Bro. Thompson, 
second there, visiting his parents at Vinton, farm- 
ing; Bro. Krieble, Union Furnace, visiting at Che- 
shire, McArthur and Crcola, and home on account 
of sickness seven days. 

We are glad to welcome Bro. Wilson, first Lan- 
caster, into the Order. 

The delinquents south of Columbus, who were 
dropped January 1st, will have their names pub- 
lished in next month's journal and also shown 
to brother trainmen for a "roasting." 

Bro, McNamee, Arbestor, was relieved one day 
to go to Logan to fill out his questionnaire. 

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We were all very glad to hear that our com- 
mittee succeeded in having "HM" put on bul- 
letin list. Hereafter when new positions are 
created or vacancies occur in that office they will 
be adTertised, and the oldest qualified employe in 
the service will be assigned there. The em- 
ployes in that office will a]so stand up first for 
promotion for train dispatcher. Brothers, let's 

Now that we all have received our copies of 
the new schedule from General Chairman Hicks 
and have had ample time to thoroughly read and 
understand them, showing the effects of organiza- 
tion in every article and clause, let us show 
oar unionism by boosting for a solid 100 per cent 
membership, keeping our cards always up to date 
and making a vow to secure that non working 
with us, thus benefiting all by being able 
to secure a better schedule next time. Brothers, 
throw out the life line for those vessels without 

We have elected Bro. C. W. McClain local 
chairman for the ensuing year. It will take our 
onited efforts to make this one of our banner 
divisions a success. Bro. McClain is a live wire 
and will look after our interests faithfully, but 
vt must give him all the assistance we possibly 
can. No one man can do it alone. We now have 
the best set of working rules we have had for 
years. Let's stay in the front. 

Brothers, if you want a good write-up each 
month you will have to help. I can not get the 
news alone. The few notes I picked up this 
month I got on account of the favorable loca- 
tion, btit can not hear what is going on on all 
divisions and the extrenTe end of the River Divi- 
sion and Belt. It would only take you a few 
minutes to drop me a card of any changes you 
hear of; when you are off for awhile, drop me a 
line belling me about it, also who is relieving you. 
"Wake up." Bro. Nihiser and myself will do the 
write-up with your help. 
Yours in a whirlwind finish for 100 per cent. 
F. G. Dbishlib, Cert. 1206, 

Assistant Chairman. 



Whbreas, Again we bow in humble submission 
to the Divine will of our heavenly Father, who 
knoweth and doeth all things well, and has seen 
fit to call from his earthly home to a better world 
the beloved father of Bro. M. H. Kanode, we 
should ever remember that their loss is his eternal 
gain. "Dust thou art, and unto dust thou shall 
return;" therefore, be it 

Resohed, That we, the members of the Hocking 
Valley Division 40, extend to the bereaved brother 
o«r sincere and heartfelt sympathy in his great 
loss; may the Lord bless our brother and fill up 
the vacancy with the presence of the Holy Spirit; 
and be it further 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be 
5«nt the bereaved brother, a copy placed on the 

minutes of the division, and a copy sent The 

Telbgkaphbb for publication. 

F. G. Dbishlib, 
S. Nihisbx, 
J. C. Clark, 
C. W. McCuMN, 



We desire to express our appreciation to the 
brothers of Division 40, H. V. R. R., for the 
beautiful floral design sent to us as a mute token 
of their sympathy extended to us in the sad hour 
of bereavement by the death of our father. 

Bro. and Mrs. M. H. Kanodb, 


C. dl O. Ry. of Indiana, Div. No. 4a 

Indiana Division — 

Bro. Swartz spent Christmas with his parents 
in Illinois, relieved by Bro. Wheeler. 

Bro. McVey has gone with the U. S. Steel V 
at Gary, Ind. We regret his leaving us, but wish 
him success. He was succeeded at Beardstown 
by Bro. House, of Miami. 

Bro. Duensing, of EHvision No. 2, is relieving 
Bro. Kenney, Summit third, who is laid up with 
a bad ankle, due to an accident while handing up 
an order at Peoria. 

Mrs. B. F. Shaw bid in Fernald second. 

Sister "Joe** Johnson relieved Bro. E. W. John- 
son on second Brighton a few days. 

Our November Muncie meeting was a great 
success, and we all enjoyed ourselves. Bros. Roy 
Johnson and Shanklin, of Losantville; Cain, of 
Economy, and Conningham, of Blountsville, east 
of Muncie, were unable to catch a train and came 
down in an auto. Come again, boys. 

Bro. Leach, of Converse, was also there and 
enjoyed the evening. 

We should impress upon the few nons and 
delinquents on the line that our employers are 
trying to manufacture operators all over the coun- 
try and that we must play to unionism and every- 
one get into the game. When a new one blows 
in, get after him or her and give the local chair- 
man the dope. Let's all get busy and make the 
Indiana 100 per cent strong. 

Bro. Roy Johnson relieved Bros. Shanklin and 
Martin, at Losantville, a few days each. We 
understand they have opened a rabbit market. 
We are unable to get them at Peru. 

Bro. Ward, train dispatching a few days at 
Peru, was relieved by Bro. Wheeler, and he on 
first Muncie by Extra Kinsie. G. H. Sparling to 
Beardstown until Bro. House is regularly checked 

Bro. Walter Johnson, agent Shandon, Ohio, 
was relieved for Christmas by J. N. Knipp, of 
I>a Crosse. 

Notices of Mutual Benefit assessments have 
been received from Grand Secretary and Treas- 
urer Rawlins. Let's pay up as quickly as possi- 
ble; likewise our division dues; don't get in ar- 

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Let's all pull together and give the company 
our best. The officials are up against great odds, 
and we should do all we possibly can to assist 
them in every way. 

See that the man next to you has an up to date; 
attend the meetings, bring one brother along, and 
live strictly up to "No card, no favors." 

E. E. MiDDLEKAUP, Chairman. 

Boston dl Maine R. R., Div. No. 41. 

The Boston & Maine System Division is now 
an established fact, the following brothers having 
been elected local chairman: J. B. Bode, Port- 
land Division, eastern section and branches; J. D. 
Collins, Portland Division, western section and 
branches; L. P. Clifton, Fitchburg Division and 
branches; C. K. Potter, Berkshire Division and 
branches; J. D. MacDonald, Southern Division, 
south end and branches; F. H. Gage, Southern 
Division, Concord, N. H., to White River Jet, 
including Claremont and Bristol branches; C. R. 
King, Conn, and Passumpsic Division, White 
River to Sherbrooke; J. H. C. Richards, Conn, 
and Passumpsic Division, White River to Spring- 
field and Ashuelot branch; J. A. Wilson, Boston 
Terminal Division; C. A. Burnell, White Moun- 
tain Division; H. L. Jones, Worcester, Nashua and 
Portland Division and branches. 

These local chairmen will confer together either 
by mail or otherwise, in accordance with Section 
72 of the system division statutes, at their earliest 
convenience and elect a general chairman and a 
general secretary and treasurer. 

We are looking forward to a bright future 
under the new system division plan, but realize 
that we must have the same hearty support and 
co-operation of the membership in the future that 
we have enjoyed in the past Our membership 
is already 90 per cent strong, with a bunch of 
willing workers after the other 10 per cent, and 
hope by February 1, 1918, to have "gone over the 
top" and made the division 100 per cent in mem- 

Portland Division Notes — 

Miss Billings, daughter of Bro. Billings, agent 
North Hampton, is operator and clerk at New- 
buryport freight house, no bids being received for 
that position. 

Southern Division Notes — 

November 8th, when our last meeting was held 
under the local division government, was a very 
disagreeable evening owing to the snow and rain, 
and the members did not turn out very well. 
However, those who attended passed a very enjoy- 
able evening. The affairs of Local Division No. 
41 were brought to a close and turned over to 
the general committee. The roll of honor for this 
last meeting was: Bros. W. G. Lawrence, F. C. 
McGrath, E. G. Robinson, H. J. McDonald, T. J. 
Dority, B. G. Tuck, E. A. Joyce, J. A. Wilson, 
J. D. Collins, W. H. Dakers, Joseph Haggarty, 
S. Goodwin and H. J. Garrity. 

Assignments: Bro. S. T. Callihan second "WR" 
Winchester to second Mystic Jet. vice Bro. Caimes, 
to "SD" East Cambridge engine botise, vice Bro. 
Robinson, to third **GM;" Miss O'Brien, one of 
Mrs. Quilty's students, went to *'SD** pending 
bids; Bro. Tyghe, Canaan, N. H., to Cardigan, 
vice Bro. Webster, resigned to go farming. Wc 
wish him all kinds of luck. Bro. Lambert to New- 
port, N. H., ticket agency. 

Bro. Jones, Franklin, visiting his daughter in 
New York City, relieved by Bro. Kellogg, relieved 
on second by McDonald, relieved on third by Mils 
Murphy, later relieved by Miss Fitzgerald. 

General Telegraph Notes — 

Bro. S. D. Robinson, East Cambridge, bid in 
third, vice Tynen, there pending bids, gone with 
Houghton & Dutton, department store, at Boston. 

Bro. Rockwood to second Greenfield, vice Bro. 
Beaudet, enlisted. 

Bro.- Azro Turner, our "champeen bowler" of 
"GM," failed to win the turkey at the "turkey 
roll" at the Y. M. C. A. alley. 

"VN," "GM." 

C. & P. South- 
On November 28th, while crossing the tracks 
from the passenger station to the freight offices 
at East Northfield, Bro. Homer Lee Vaughan 
was struck by a northbound light engine on the 
Central Vermont tracks and instantly killed. Bro. 
Vaughan had been employed at the East North- 
field freight office for about seven years, and had 
just recently bid in the second trick at the pas- 
senger station and for a week previous to the 
accident had been posting a new man on the 
freight office work. He was a young man of un- 
approachable character, with bright prospects for 
the future, and by his kindly disposition had en- 
deared himself to all he came in contact with. 
He leaves a wife and two young children to mourn 
his loss. His funeral, held at his late home on 
November 30th, was largely attended, the many 
beautiful flowers showing the esteem in which he 
was held. In his death the O. R. T. has lost a 
staunch and loyal member, his family a loving 
husband and father, and the community a valu- 
able citizen. 

It is now Bros, Roland, Wells, Spooner, Manix 
and Bureaugard. We are getting up mighty 
close to the 100 per cent mark, and credit for 
what has been achieved to date must be largely 
given to our untiring local chairman, Bro. J. C. H. 
Richards, who has been elected to the same posi- 
tion in our new system division. 

Bro. D. R. Crowley (Doc) has enlisted in the 
signal corps and gone to Brooklyn to attend a 
radio school. 

Bro. Roland is now in the dispatcher's office at 

Bro. Smiley, who has just returned from Lis 
vacation in Pennsylvania, is in "WA" office. 

Bro. J. W. Martini's son, Bro. Geo. E., of Jersey 
Shore, Pa., assigned to clerk and operator at 
East Northfield, is a chip oflF the old block in 
everything pertaining to the O. R. T. 

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Bro. G. G. Trottcll, who recently enlisted in 
the navy, now attending the radio school at Har- 
Tard College, called on old friends along the line 
during his Thanksgiving furlough. 

Bro. F. H. Gee, agent ' Putney, Vt, while oflF 
on account of sickness in his family, was relieved 
by Bro. John Slocombe, of South Deerfield, Mass. 
The joint meeting held in Commonwealth Hall, 
Greenfield, Mass., on Sunday, November 20th, 
was quite well attended, but there should be an im- 
provement, as the meeting point is most decidedly 
convenient, the hours of the meeting 2 to 9 p. m., 
making it easy for the members from different 
localities to reach Greenfield in time, and if the 
bojs that do not attend could only understand 
the great gain in knowledge, friendship and co- 
operative spirit, I believe the attendance would 
take a big jump. Our local chairman is planning 
on a ffee banquet at our next meeting, and none 
of you must miss it. Come and get acquainted 
and maybe you will be a little more tolerant of 
your brother operator on the wire when 'working 
with him next time. You may be surprised to 
find him as human as you are, after all. 

There were ten present from the Conn. & Pass, 
and four from the Berkshire Division. 

Many interesting discussions took place, and 
the younger men in the station service were able 
to gain much valuable advice from the older and 
more experienced men. 

Bro. Potter, local chairman on the Berkshire 
Division, took the chair and gave a very interests 
ing talk in regard to the last schedule negotia- 
tions and also spoke very entertainingly of his 
trip to the Seattle, Wash., convention as a dele- 

You will all be advised as to the date of the 
Dtxt meeting. 

I wish to thank Bros. D. H. Mack, R. J. Slo- 
combe and J. C. H. Richards for their kindness 
in furnishing me news items. 

Cert. 94, Woods ville, N. H., 

Formerly Local Division 45. 


To the O. R. T. Members of Former Local Divi- 
sion No. 45, Woodsville, N. H.: 
Dear Members: The beautiful floral pillow 
expressed so much sympathy that I can not find 
words in which to convey my appreciation. It is 
such kindness that brings comfort and understand- 
ing to those left behind. 

Thank you and wishing your Order success, 
I am. Very sincerely yours, 

Mrs. Homer L. Vaughaut, 
South Vernon, Mass. 

Erie R. R.« Div. No. 42. 

Brothers, I wish to again suggest that some good 
brother volunteer as correspondent of the Sus- 
quehanna Division, as my duties are many and I 
have not the time to get the line-up on the news 
that we should have each month. 

I had the pleasure of spending Christmas with 
my mother in Charleston, W. Va., the first time 
for many years. 

I hope you all had a merry Christmas, and ex- 
tend my best wishes for a happy New Year. 

E. J. Hbsser. 

To the Brothers of the Delaware Division: 

I have been appointed local chairman of your 
division in place of Bro. Gallagher, who has re- 
signed. Although I am new at this game, I am 
going to serve you to the very best of my ability, 
and ask you for your co-operation to help me do 

Our organization is growing rapidly on this road, 

* and if we all work together we will soon be classed 

among the best scheduled roads of the country. 

Let every brother get after the "nons" working 

with them. They have no excuse to offer now for 

not joining, after the transactions of the last year. 

They must be with us or against us. 

Yours for success, 

F. A. Galloway, Cert. 1305. 


Whereas, Our heavenly Father, in His infinite 
wisdom and goodness, has deemed it best to call 
to the great beyond our beloved brother, Homer 
L<e Vaughan; and 

Wrbieas, We bow in humble submission to the 
»>ll of Him who doeth all things well; therefore 

Resolved, That, in manifestation of our grief 
and fraternal sympathy, former Local Division 45, 
Order of Railroad Telegraphers, extend to the 
l>ereaved family the most sincere and heartfelt 
lympathy; and be it further 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be 
forwarded to the bereaved family, a copy spread 
upon the minutes of the division, and a copy 
s^t to The Telegrapher for publication. 

J. C. H. Richards, 
D. H. Mack, 
F. J. Morse, 


Canadian Northern Ry., Div. No. 43. 

Superior District — 

Bro. Leavitt with Conductor Andy Schraeder 
spent a few days in the North Bay sub and landed 
a deer each this season. 

"Billy" Montgomery, the lightning car checker 
at "CA," has donned the King's uniform. Bro. 
Fairweather has also gone into military service, 
succeded at Milnet by Bro. Chiswell, and he at 
Coniston agency by S. M. Brasher. 

Other assignments: Bro. F. A. Levis to For- 
resters Falls agency, and B. E. Ryan to Hillsport 

Up for bids until December 16th: Woodlawn 
agency and Nipigon, Jellicoe, Foleyet, Kashbaw 
and Sudbury Jet. nights. 

Has the shell at "HN" been cracked yet? The 
new man at "CN" needs a card. 

Some of the brothers have not sent in that in- 
crease yet. "Do it now.'* 

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Don't put your assessment slip and dues notice 
in your pocket and forget all about them. Pay 
up at once, be on the safe side and have an up- 
to-date card all the time. 

Do not fail to send Bro. Dixon, at Brent, Ont., 
a copy of any application for bulletined positions 
and confirmation of appointments. 

Send your news notes to S. J. Cert. 520. 

Western Division^ Fourth District — 

We are expecting to hear from our committee 
any day that we have a new contract which is 
very necessary, now that everything we buy is 
about double in price over a year ago. Roads 
in territory that is much better in the way of 
climate and comforts are paying better wages 
than we are getting, and ours should be brought 
up to where they justly belong. We should also 
have the nine-hour day. Our committee knows 
it has the backing of the entire membership, and 
it will do all it possibly can to get us what we 

A, few of the boys were caught by the draft, but 
the company is supporting their appeals for ex- 
emption, also those of the trainmen and con- 

A new office has been opened with an agent and 
night operator at Mecheche. Marengo nights now 
on bulletin. Bro. Gallant secured Big Valley, 
and Bro. Wilson Munson agency. 

At the time this is being written, December 9lh, 
a very bad storm prevails over most of the dis- 
trict. Freight traffic is tied up and passenger 
trains ten and twelve hours Iate« and this re- 
minds us that we have three months more of 
winter ahead of us. 

In previous write-ups I have asked that items 
of interest be sent me, such as the boys laying 
off, sickness, etc., but up to this time I have not 
received a single response. If you expect a newsy 
write-up you will have to send me the items. 

Div. CoR., Cert. 961. 

Toronto District — 

Bro. Snider bid in Forfar agency, vice Bro. 
Cronk to spare; Bro. T. J. Flynn to Strathcona, 
vice Bro. Blair; vacant, Coburg days and new 
position in Toronto "B" office. 

We are pleased to hear that tne company does 
not require any of the operators in first call for 
railroad exemptions. 

Bro. Lcggill has been having two weeks' siege 
with the dentist. 

Bro. Hall, Starkville, on the sick list, relieved 
by Bro. A. C. McDonald. 

Bro. Cronk is at Yarkcr nights, pending bids. 
Belreg agency also up for bid. 

Brothers, don't forget your new card. 

Brothers, it's pretty hard to make a write-up 
without assistance. Since I have been division 
correspondent I have received only notes once 
from Bros. Snider and Pierce. Let's all turn 
over a new leaf and see what a difference there 
will be in our write-up. 

Wish you all a happy New Year. 

J. H. Healv, Cert. 981. 

Central of Georgia Ry., Div. No. 46. 

Southwestern Division — 

Our committee, through the assistance of Bro. 
Dermody, has just completed a new agreement 
with the cpmpany, with a nke increase in money, 
which has not as yet been apportioned; ei^t 
hours a day for all classes of telegraphers; 75 
cents per call or for conductors copying orders, 
and a nice showing for those burdened with U. S. 
mail to get it off their hands. 

All who have not done so, please remit your 
special assessment to Bro. Travis at once. It 
takes a lot of money to accomplish what onr gen- 
eral committee has done. Now we must show oar 
loyalty by getting new cards and paying our 
special assessments. 

Our new eight-hour rules went into effect 
December 11th. Some of us nine-hour jpeo are 
making overtime each day for which we should 
be paid. 

We get fifteen days' vacation next summer 
with full pay. It is almost too good to be true. 

H. R. Frierson transferred to Macon Division, 
succeeded by V. S. Smith, trainmaster, effective 
December 15th. A good man in the right place. 

I notice several places on bulletin for twelve 
months. Everybody look out and see that iheK 
places are filled with union men. If they are not 
right, get them right 'Wo cards, no favors,-" this 
will soon make them want to join the band. 

Bro. Chambers, agent Walker, is off thirty days, 
and Bro. Morris, agent Florals, on vacation. 

Boys, if you want our division represented in 
the write-up, please send me the news. We 
have four large districts and should have a good 
one, but I am unable to keep up with all the 

Our new rule book went into effect January 
6th. Every one should get familiar with its con- 
tents, especially the handling of train orders and 
boards. When they arc placed at stop, live op 
to the rules fully regardless of who it stops. 

Wish all a prosperous New Year. 

Cmt. 702. 

Georgia R. R.» Div. No. 50. 

We have been working along quietly for some 
three years now, and recently our labor has borne 
fruit in liberal increases in salaries and very 
much improved working conditions, effective De- 
cember 1st. These conditions include pay for over- 
time, seniority rights and the bulletining of vacan- 
cies. It is a blessed feeling to know that senior- 
ity is to be enforced on the "old reliable." 

The O. R. T. on the Georgia Railroad has tome 
to stay this time, and we hope soon to be classed 
with the other first-class railroads in this sec- 
tion enjoying the benefits of a modem contract. 
This can and will be accomplished if the mem- 
bers will give our committee their full co-operation. 

If the nons on our line will now compare tbcir 
salaries and working conditions with those of three 
years ago, when the O. R. T. began its campaign, 
we believe their sense of justice and appreciation 
will convince them that th^jt^ should join the Order 
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aiul help support the organization which has 
bdped to benefit them in the same proportion that 
it has its members. We have several genuinely 
good fellows who are not members of the Order, 
whom wc expect to join our ranks, since they see 
that we are in earnest and mean to amount to 
M}inething as an organization. 

It is mighty good reading to see "operator- 
clerk" job at "CO*' advertised at $90 per, and we 
hope that some of our brethren will bid this in 
and put that station on our roll call. 

Our chairman attended the convention at Seattle 
this rammer, where he gained some information 
of value to our division, and he came back a 
stronger Order man than ever, and that's going 
some wbeh you know what kind of stuff he is 
made of. Bro. Morgan should be retainel in this 
P<»ition so long as he will serve us, for he has 
made good, and the Order under his leadership 
has accomplished something and we are headed for 
the desired goal. I believe this statement voices 
ibe unanimous opinion of the membership. 

Tis true that we have never secured a con- 
tract, however we have won quite _a number of 
concessions that wc hope to have incorporated in 
a contract, and we do not expect to let up until 
we have secured one of the modern kind. Rome 
was not builded in a day, brethren, and our 
neighbors who are enjoying these contracts had 
to wage a long and hard fight in each instance, and 
then only secured these good things by piece-meal. 
We are following in their footsteps and headed 
for the same things and urge you to give your 
support to the Order and all will be well. 

I saw a little query in a Sunday-school room 
once, which impressed me very much, which read 
Hwncthing like this: "What kind of a Sunday 
school would this be if every member was like 
me?" Make the application to our cause by asking 
what our present salaries and working conditions 
would be if every agent and operator was like 

Boys, rally to the cause and do your part by 
paying your dues promptly. Ceet. 13. 

Southern Pacific Ry., Div. No. 53. 

Stockton District — 

Our general committee, after working earnestly 
tor some time, has reached a settlement with the 
committee representing the Southern Pacific Com- 
Psny, Pacific System. We have been granted a 
12 per cent increase on present pay roll, the com- 
ply agreeing to raise all positions paying less 
than %7$ up to that minimum, and further agreeing 
in case after the 12 per cent increase had been 
applied that any inequalities remaining would be 
adjusted. Other good improvements were made 
Piling us an eight-hour day, a 26-day month, 
•niniraum overtime 50 cents per hour, special call 
<>°c dollar, and Labor Day included in the list of 
holidays, making five during the year. Operators 
•orking a full day on Sundays and holidays are 
J<^ receive a full day's overtime. Many more 
^''^rtant changes were made. The earnest efforts 
^ onr committee are surely appreciated by all, 

much credit being due lo it for the fine schedule 
wc now have. 

Bro. Bob Dcheny, who will receive about $600 
back pay, which was involved in a grievance, is 
wearing a smile that won't wear off, thinking of 
those good times ahead. 

Bro. Kahuda, agent Madeia, operated on for 
appendicitis recently at San Francisco hospital, 
is doing very nicely. We are sorry to hear of his 
misfortune, and hope to see him back soon. Bro. 
Chase, relieving him, goes to Lathrop agency on 
his return. 

Bro. Hess, from the Mo. Pac, temporarily on 
second Madera, operated on for appendicitis De- 
cember 16th, is also doing nicely. Trust he will 
soon be back with us. 

Bro. Ickes, for four years on second Kerman, 
bid in first Madera, vice Bro. Hess, to Madera 
second, vice Bro. Davis, to Elk Grove second. 

Bro. Surryhine from the agency school, tempo- 
rarily on third Madera, when relieved goes to 
second Manteca. He has shown the right spirit 
by lining up. The other agency school boys 
should take an example from him. Los Banos 
and Collins, Waterford, also recent arrivals from 
agency school, and Oakes, second Kerman, from 
the Santa Fe, have not taken out cards yet. There 
is absolutely no excuse for this, and we should 
keep right after them. 

A. McGuire is. acting agent-operator Athlone. 
Many of the brothers have been unable to get 
vacations on account of the shortage of operators. 
We hope the company will soon be able to obtain 
some extra men. 

Bro. Martz, from the C. H. & D., is visiting 
his brother, Bro. T. M. Martz, who recently re- 
signed Modesto agency to accept a responsible 
position with Shoemake, the "bean king" there. 
We are sorry to lose him, but he says be will con- 
tinue to carry an up-to-date card just the same, 
which shows the right spirit. 

Bro. Hunter, agent Salida, on sick list, is being 
relieved by his wife, who reports him getting along 
nicely, which is good news. We hope to soon see 
him back at work. 

Bro. George Keppler, agent Livingstone, who 
made a trip to the Tracy Red Cross meeting, also 
journeyed to Stockton to "look them over a bit," 
Bro. Ballard very capably taking charge and run- 
ning things as only "Jack" can do. 

Bros. Rieff, second, and Ouderkirk, third Mod- 
esto, drove to Stockton recently in the latter's 
new "Dort" to "look 'em over a bit," visiting 
the brothers there at "BR" and "KN." 

I wish to thank Bro. Surryhine for the news 
items he sent me. Would be glad to receive a few 
from_ the other brothers, so we can have a good 
write-up each month. This is my first attempt. 
Help me to do better next time. 

Yours fraternally, 

E. L. Rieff, Cert. 760. 

Sacramento Dhnsion — 

New members: Fox, Morebeck and Idle. Since 
our committee has succeeded in securing us an 
increase in pay and a revision of ovrr> schedule* 

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we should be able to show a goodly number of 
new members in our next write-up. 

Don't forget your time is getting short in which 
to remit for a new card. 

It is useless for us to give the names of the 
members on this division who donated to our 
worthy brother in Oakland, as nearly everyone 
who saw the petition on this division gave some- 

"Nons* and Delinquents' Fund: 17, carried 
forward, $6.00; 18. C Spork, 50c; 19, F. H. 
Jacobs, 50c; total, $7.00. A great number do not 
seem to understand what this fund is for. It is 
not to buy a card as a present for some non. If 
a new man on the division hasn't the required 
amount, we will loan it to him. A man who will 
not pay for his card is of no help to the Order, 
and the Order doesn't want him. Those who do 
not hold a card will notice other ways this fund 
will be used. Some of them will be getting a 
daily postal card to remind them that everybody 
has their number, and now is the time to do this. 
Do your "bit" by remitting to C. B. Mills, of 
Orland. The fund will not be use<^ for some 
unfortunate (?) who can afford an automobile but 
not a card. 

Bro. Cooper, first Orland, and Bro. Mason, 
third Willows, are on the sick list at this writing. 
The former was relieved by Bro. Morebeck, the 
latter by Agent Brewer. Frank Jones, dispatcher 
over the hill, is also on the sick list, relieved by 
Bro. Bundy, from "H." Sister Wells is back on 
third staff Spruce after a spell of sickness. 

Bro. Lighty has gone to the P. T. & T. as a 
student wire chief in Sacramento. 

Bro. Collins, agent Gold Run, had the mis- 
fortune to lose bis house by fire. 

Bro. Adams, second staff Fulda, was relieved 
a few days by Mrs. Ritzenberger. 

Mr. Baldwin, a former staff operator, was killed 
in Roseville yards recently while acting as car 

Bro. York relieved Bro. Burke, third Cisco, 
assigned to Troy, relieving Bro. Rodrian, who 
relieved Bro. Dusher, assigned Blue Canon, re- 
lieving Bro. Mathers, assigned Andover, relieving 
Bro. Kendricks, assigned Midas, relieving -Bro. 
Harmon on account of sickness. 

Bro. Brown, third Blue Canon, is shooting 
ducks in the wilds near Gridley — nearly. Bro. 
and Mrs. Reese, back from their year's leave, are 
at Crystal Lake. All of us are glad to see Bro. 
McAdow among us again, looking fine and the 
same happy kid. 

Bro. Mathers, second Andover, while out for 
a little sunshine and air, lost his pocketbook, con- 
taining more than $100 in cash and also an up-to- 
date O. R. T. card. This purse was found by 
Conductor Bergantz and returned to its owner. 
Motto: Keep an up-to-date card in your pocket- 
book. "MN." 

Los Ang*les Division — 

Our new agreement with the company has been 
signed, and we are all grateful to the committee 
for the good work accomplished at such a small 

expense. Our entire committee and our popular 
fifth vice-president, Bro. Manion, who holds such a 
warm place in all our hearts, are all entitled to 
our heartiest congratulations. We hope to have , 
them all present at a Los Angeles meeting as soon 
as the salary disbursement has been made, when 
we can all express our thanks to them personally 
and hear how it was handled. 

Local Chairman Geiger, relieved while on com- 
mittee work by Bro. C. C. Sheldon, now in the 
electrical business, stopped over in Los Angeles 
en route to San Francisco, and was called upon 
at his hotel by several of the brothers, who en- 
lightened him on the working conditions in their 
several offices. 

Assignments: Bro. Kalies to second Chats- 
worth, relieved at Edom by Mr. Parr; Bro. Had- 
duck, relieved by Riley at Santa Paula, to Calex- 
ico days, vice Bro. O'Grady, to Oakland to file 
exemption papers on the draft, thence to third 
Mecca; Davis, a new man, to Nordhoff, vice ex- 
Bro. Holman; Bro. Rutledge, from the Boston & 
Maine, to Anaheim; Bro. Baumgartner to Salton. 
vice Bro. J. I. Brown, to third Redlands Jet.; 
Bro. C. L. Butler, third Bassett. to Bertram days, 
vice Bro. Thurman, to third Edom a few nights, 
thence to Palm Springs, vice Bro. Wayman, to 
second Pomona; Holman, from Nordhoff, to third 
Bassett, vice Bro. Adams, to third Niland, vice 
Bro. Noel, to second Edom; Bro. Bill Fitzpatrick, 
relieved on second Shorb by Larson, to San Fer- 
nando days; Bro. Chaffee, relieved at "NG" by 
Bro. Carson, to Saticoy agency, vice Bro. Hawortb. 
to Van Nuys, vice Bro. Moranda, on a hunting 

Bro. Charlie Owens, Buena Park, relieved a few 
days by Bro. Clark while on a vacation trip to the 
jawbone cotmtry with Bro. Steere. 

Bro. Dresser, practicing osteopathy in Los An- 
geles, is located in the Auditorium Building, Fifth 
and Olive, and still carries an up to date in Divi- 
sion 53, although out of the business for years. 
He will give you a square deal if you require his 

Sister Bailiff, agent Cabazon, was relieved a few 
days by Mr. Jones. 

Bro. Hawortb relieved Bro. Moore at Ogilby 
agency, while off getting married. 

Other assignments: Bro. Kays to second Bloom- 
ington, relieved at Imperial by Bro. Rice; Bro. 
Sfokes to second Bassett, vice Bro. Tom Browit, 
relieving Bro. Jesse Brown, Redlands Jet., on 
vacation; Bro. Zetsche to fifth "NG" Los Angeles 
on account of heavy business; Bro. Rawson to 
third Indio, vice Bro. Wade to third ChatSworth; 
Blough to third River Station. 

Bro. J. R. McKnight, Rosamond, wishes to ex- 
change agencies with some Los Angeles Division 
brother located between Burbank and Santa Bar- 
bara, or on the Santa Paula branch. 

Bro. Adams relieved by Bro. Wells, from the 
San Joaquin Division, on third Niland, when 
called to Montana by the serious illness of his 

Bro. Farwell is back in "HU" Los Angeles 
after several months' sojourn o^ the L. A. S. L. 

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Bro. Burroughs, fourth Indio, on a trip to Los 
Angeles and Long Beach on account of Mrs. 
Burroughs' sickness, relieved a few days by Free- 
man, who later relieved Bro. Liddy on fifth Collon, 
brealdng in as train dispatcher at Indio. 

Bro. Schwartz, displaced at Imperial by the re- 
turn of Bro. Gale, bumped Kuhry, extra agent, 
San Bernardino, who relieved Bro. Kays, Bloom- 
ington second, on vacation. 

Bro. Cully relieved at Coacbella for a few days 
by Mr. Freeman on account of sickness. 

Bro. G. R. Frew, formerly on third Amos, is 
now in the National Army, Company C, llSth 
Field Battalion, U. S. Signal Corps, at Camp 

Bro. Hardisty, formerly at Somis nights, stopped 
off in Los Angeles to purchase a huge roll of 
blankets, en route to Palm Springs, vice Bro. 
Tburman to Salton second. Odgers, a new man 
irom the Santa Fc, is on second Bertram. 

Bro. Herring, bumped at "HU" Los Angeles by 
the return of Gray, relieved Bro. Wells on third 
Niland several days, and then relieved Bro. Raw- 
son, resigned at Indio. 

Brothers, familiarize yourselves with- the switch- 
hoard to be able to do patching at a minute's 
notice, for that's just as much a part of our trade 
as sending and receiving. We hate to hear of a 
brother getting the wires balled up on account of 
not knowing how to make ordinary patches. Let's 
show the company that O. R. T. men are the best 
to employ, and we will soon be able to bring about 
a condition where a card will be all the reference 
required to secure a position. 

Instructions have been issued by Mr. Whalen 
that there must be no visiting behind the counter 
at *'NG." Brothers who drop around, kindly 
be governed accordingly. We are always glad to 
Kc you and say "hello," and you are welcome to 
come in to use the wires or mills if there happens 
to be one idle, but no visiting. 

Bro. Dickinson and wife recently spent Sunday 
with Bro. and Mrs. Coyle at Newhall, where they 
were joined by Bro. and Mrs. Cambridge from 
Saugus, and served to a swell chicken dinner. All 
had a pleasant time. 
Bro. Rotbenburg, agent Moorpark, was relieved 
, for a few weeks' vacation by Bro. Haworth. 

Bro. A. F. Clark, San Joaquin Division, now 
on second trick at Somis. Understand Bro. Rover, 
the agent there, recently rode the Masonic goat 
at Oxnard. 

Bro. Adams, on his return from Montana, re- 
lieved Bro. Dort a few days, on account of sick- 
ness, at Burbank. 

It is with great sorrow that we chronicle the 
death of Bro. H. C. Powell, who passed away at 
bis home in Chatsworth, December 9th. Until 
September 1st he stood at the^ head of our senior- 
'ty list, and we always spoke with pride of the 
[act that we had on our list a man who had been 
>n the service since 1869, long before the most 
of us were born. All his fellow employes, in what- 
^ branch of the service they happen to be, in- 
variably spoke a good word for Bro. Powell, and 
*»H always remember him as "one of nature's 
"loblcmen." He always carried an up-to-date. 

thereby setting a good example to all telegraphers, 
and we will always cherish the memory of our 
"grand ofd man/' Bro. Powell. 

Bro. Kalies, second Chatsworth, relieved by Bro. 
Russell, while adjusting; exemption papers. 

Bro. Clements, first Niland, has been enjoying 
a six weeks' visit from an* old family friend, Mrs. 
Al Nielson, of San Francisco. 

Mrs. Fuller, wife of Bro. Fuller, agent Niland, 
was unexpectedly called to Chicago on account of 
the sudden illness of her mother. 

The Red Cross Bazaar benefit dance, given by 
Manager Bruhn, of the S. P. lunch car in Niland, 
was a decided success. Nearly one hundred and 
thirty dollars being cleared. It was held in the 
large school house, and largely attended by the 
people in that vicinity. 

Former Bro. Forshaw relieved Lineman Gardner 
on the Niland-Yuma District, who has gone with 
the Power at El Centro. 

Am indebted to Bro. Burroughs who helped me 
out on the write-up for November, and to Bros. 
Clements, Hardisty, Kalies, Kays and others, for 
notes for this write-up. 

C. C. Dickinson, Div. Cor. 


Whereas, It has pleased God, in His infinite 
wisdom, to remove from our midst our beloved 
Bro. H. C. Powell, highly esteemed and loved by 
all members of Division No. 53; therefore be it 

Resolved, That the members of Southern Pacific 
Division No. 53, O. R. T., extend to the bereaved 
wife our heartfelt sympathy in this sad hour of her 
bereavement; and be it further 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be 
sent the bereaved wife, a copy to The Telegrapher 
for publication, and a copy spread upon the min- 
utes of this division. 

E. W. Kalies, 


C. C. Dickinson, 


San Joaquin Division, Jawbone Branch — 

Bros. Wilson, Kirklaiid, Maines, Doyle and 
Hogan, after visiting Mr. Nichols at Bakersfield 
in the examination car, all passed through home- 
ward bound with a smile. 

Main Line, Saugus to Bakersfield — 

Bro. Jepson relief operator and agent; Lang, a 
new man is on third Vincent. Let's get busy, 
Bro. Castle. 

Bro. Beeson is back at Ravenna, relieving Bro. 
J. H. Wollen, gone with the W. U. in Dallas, Tex. 
Klusmier, third Vincent, to Los Angeles, as a re- 
peater man with a telephone company. 

Bro. Tyler has returned to Fram, and is work- 
ing extra; Bro. Lemka is still there. Bro. Gage, 
of Cameron, and Bro. Frank Nejedly, of Warren, 
were recent Mojave visitors, the latter with his 
little dog. Jeff, buying meat for hif 
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Bro. Frank who relieved Bro. Curry at Larose. 
later bid it in. 

Bro. Priest went to Rowen several weeks, while 
Bro. Johnson was in the hospital undergoing an 

Bro. Starkey relieved Local Chairman Cartt 
while on schedule work in San Francisco. 

Bro. Corzinc was off a few nights recently. 

Boys, help Bro. True, at Bakcrsfield, in case of 
wire trouble. It makes his work lighter. 

Bro. Gamble, second Mojave, is yardmaster there. 

Mason, from Altoona, Pa., is on third at Lang, 
pending bulletin. 

Bro. Gibson and wife have returned to Mojave 
from Kentucky. 

Main Line, BakersHeld to Fresno and Branches — 

Bro. Hodges, Selma, has gone to "GS" W. U. 

Two tricks put on at Dinuba, and three at Lind- 
say and Porterville during orange movement. Bro. 
Quinnlich, Division 49, to third Porterville; Parker 
bumped from second by Gcbhart. 

Bros. Roy Hill and Bert Putnam, at American 
Lake, are getting along O. K., the latter having 
gained twenty-six pounds. 

Bro. Eldred Trumbo, from L. H. and St. Louis, 
to third Exeter, vice Bro. Gallion, relieving Urie 
at McFarland; Bro. Jarboe, from Mojave, to 
fourth Fresno, vice Bro: Pberson to second Selma; 
Bro. Underwood assigned agent Selma, relieved at 
Clevis agency by Peters, of Fresno. 

Bro. H. V. Lamme, agent Friant, resigned to 
enter the auto business, was relieved by Mr. 
Griffin, extra, *'K." 

Bro. Lemberg, agent Helm; Bro. Krim, first, and 
Hodges, relief agent Selma, have joined the signal 

Bro. Ed. Frye has returned to Goshen Jet., after 
several months enjoying life among his grape 

Bro. J. R. McKnight, of Rosamond, Cal., ninety 
miles from Los Angeles, no fog and very healthy, 
would like to hear from some agent on the Los 
Angeles Division from Burbank to Santa Barbara 
and Saugus to Montalvo and all branches therein, 
also on Coast Division. He has six years' seniority. 
Will exchange descriptions of place with any in- 
terested party; wants to be nearer the coast. 

Bro. L. S. Jarboe, fourth Fresno, Cal., hours 6 
a. m. to 2 p. m., with seniority from October 6, 
1916, wishes to exchange with a brother on the 
Salt Lake Division. White him for further par- 

Assignments not heretofore noted: Agencies — 
Lemoore, E. I. Wciler; Fowler, F. L. Hutchinson. 
Agent-operators — McKittrick, W. W. Martin; 
Famoso, D. T. Towles; SpringviUe, G. W. Urie; 
Cartago, F. R. Kirkland, relieved on sixth Mojave 
by Bro. McCandless; Edison, J. A. Cooper. Oper- 
ator-clerks — Rosamond, D, L. Parker; Delano, 
W. L. Joyce. First operator clerk Fowler, J. E. 
Donnelly. Second operator-clerks — Selma, M. E. 
Jepson; Porterville, G. B. Gebhart. Second oper- 
ator-ticket clerk Hanford, W. J. Lewis. Third 

operator-clerks — Woodford, H. A. Ludolph; Lang, 
F. W. O'Lovesky; Goshen Jet, M. A. Douglas. 
manager and first operator Mojave, C. D. Liston; 
first operator Bealville, J. J. Stinson; second oper- 
ator Mojave, J. H. Shay; third operator Bakers- 
field, O. D. Day; fourth operator Mojave, E. P. 
Gibson; fifth operator Bakersfield, M. Krombeck; 
sixth operator Bakersfield, F. V. Collins. 

The few members who have not paid their 
special assessment of $5 should do so at once, 
and save Bro. Hammond a lot of worry. 

Let everyone make ourselves a New Year's 
present of a brand new 1918 card. You can get 
nothing better. 

Let our motto be "No card, no favors." 

Thanks to those who assisted in this write-up. 
Come again, boys. 

A happy New Year to all. 

H. A. HucKEBV, Local Secretary. 

Shasta Division — 

Brothers, I am back in the harness after two 
months' vacation. As my wife was called home 
on account of the sickness of her mother, I had 
to sec that she got there all right. On my trip 
I picked up all the information from the boys of 
other divisions that I thought would be of use 
to us on this division. At Chicago I met General 
Chairman Thomas, of the C. & N. W., who was 
just finishing the schedule with that company; 
also met General Secretary and Treasurer Boying- 
ton, of the same company, who is chairman for the 
board of adjusters of the Chicago Terminal. 

I understand that the agents East are all han- 
dling the express and making as high as $200 a 
month on commissions, while out this way when 
the express reaches a certain point the companies 
put in exclusive agents of their own to handle the 

Other working conditions are all becoming more 
uniform. Note in the November Telegraph br 
what a fine settlement the Rock Island got. The 
C. M. & St. P. Ry. also secured shorter hours, 
twenty-six days and a 14 per cent raise, same 
Sunday rule as the R. I. and I. C, minimum 
position $83.11. The Illinois Central got shorter 
hours and 13.2 per cent advance in salaries, aver- 
aging $85.52 to the position. Take the difference 
in the cost of living into consideration and the 
eastern schedule will be just about the same as 

Positions are plentiful and the roads are pass- 
ing operators half across the continent in order 
to get them, and any road will pass an operator 
going to work on another road. If you want to 
work,- the general offices will give you a position 
upon the asking. 

Only about 5 per cent of the women who re- 
cently started to work in roundhouses, yards, 
baggage rooms, etc., are sticking, five days being 
the usual length of service for them, so the plan 
to have them take men's places for that class of 
work does not look very favorable. 

While in Omaha I met General Chairman Stumpf. 
of the Union Pacific. He has no use whatever 
for an operator without a card.^-XJnion conditions 
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are good on the U. P., the men standing up for 
principle more now than they ever did. 

I was glad on my return to see the number of 
nrw members that had joined while I was away. 
If you new brothers have a non working with 
you, or one comes to your office, let me know 
and I will send you the blanks to line him up. 
Keep in good standing. Non-payment of assess- 
ments are as bad as failure to pay dues. I don't 
get anything for sending in these write-ups. I 
do it because I want to help the organization: eo 
yon do your part and keep up to date; then you 
will Ije able to pay your bills through the profits 
earned by our committee working for our in- 
terest. Without its help we would still be work- 
ing for $40 per. Help build up our division by 
sending me notes for our write-up in time so I 
can get them to St. Louis before the 25th of each 

Assignments: Bro. D. R. Howell to Gerber 
second, vice Armstrong, transferred from Los 
Angeles Division. See that he gets a card; Gerber 
fourth to Bro. Rochford, from Anderson; Red 
Bluff second to Bro. C. P. Cusick, from Edge- 
wood; Anderson agency to Bro. Douglas, frotn 
"CO;" .Redding second to Bowman, a new man; 
Kennet first to Mrs. Walters; Kennet second to 
Bro. P. L. Bagby, from the Wabash; Smithson 
telegrapher to Bro. Beve ridge, who has some little 
"Bevy's," too; Delta agency to Bro. Rodgers, 
from "CD;" Ehinsmuir manager and first wire chief 
to Bro. Tuttle; Ashland fourth to Bro. Mayberry, 
from the branch; Klam Falls agency to Bro. 
Berry; Bro. Joyce, from the Union Pacific in 
Wyoming, to "DO;" Mr. Mitchell to Dunsmuir; 
Bro. Blortholm to first "KN," from the Union 
Pacific; Bro. Longmeyer to Red Bluff second; 
Bro. V^aughn relieved Bro. Cober at "BG" while 
he helped out at "DR" a few days. 

No bids on Weed second or Red Bluff, Sisson or 
Montague third. Wells, third Siskiyou, has gone 
to the army in the wireless. 

Congratulations and all that goes with it for 
success to Bro. J. F. Corby and the bride he got 
from San Francisco. 

Bro. Johnson is very sick and has gone to 
San Francisco hospital, relieved at **DR" by Car 
aerk Small. 

Bro. Tuttle, first wire chief, relieved Dispatcher 
Davis, third south end, while off sick. 

The brothers in **U" Omaha sent their regards 
to Bro. Kerr on second. 

Bro. Hueni ha^ gone to San Francisco and 
joined the army. We hope for bis safe return. 

Redding has two ticket clerks now drawing $5 
less than the operators who were doing the work 

These are strenuous times. Do eight hours' 
good work and don't let '*Uncle Sam" catch you 
violating the law, even to finish your work. 

Our bulletins will be out every thirty days now. 

Bro. Bowman, agent Siskiyou, has resigned and 
is now living in Sacramento, relieved by Mrs. 
J. L. Logan pending bulletin. 

Bro. O. B. Merrick is back at Oakland Pier. 
He wishes to thank the brothers for their timely 

assistance in his trouble, and will be pleased to 
meet any coming his way. 

Bro. n. A. Cober, at Gerber, has been trans- 
ferred from Division. 172, and Bro. Russell, agent 
there, has brought his wife from the South and 
is nicely settled in a little bungalow. 
R. H. H. Sims. 

.Ass't L. C. and Div. Cur. 

'Tucson DUtrict — 

A telegram received from General Chairman 
Cull contained the good news that an agreement 
had been reached in which our original demands 
had approximately all been granted, which made 
the holidays happier for all of us. 

Too much praise can not be given the reduced 
general committee and General Chairman Cull, 
who have brought about, in conjunction with the 
good offices of one of the best of all the general 
officers. Fifth Vice-President Manion^ the best 
agreement this system has ever had and as good 
as any other in the country. 

The dating back of this agreement to Septem- 
ber 1st leaves absolutely no ground at all for our 
"slacker" friends who have stood by anxious for 
every advantage to be gained, venturing nothing to 
get it, by sta^ng out of the Order; and the flash- 
ing of this news should be the signal to see that 
every non on the division is lined up. 

Assistant Local Chairman J. E. McNeil doing 
extra work, during a shortage of men, in "HU," 
which kept him off the division until after the holi- 
days. The change will doubtless do "Mac" good, 
as he has certainly been "hitting the ball" in 
'*UN" right along. 

Bro. L. H. Williams, local secretary and cor- 
respondent, has been having a hard time of it, 
owing to the illness of his mother and himself dur- 
ing the past few weeks. Pity we have not a few 
more like him. The earnest work of Bro. Williams 
lias done much to keep the division lined up. 

Another brother who is right there when it 
comes to helping things along is Bro. H. A. 
Pritchett. He has been with us not quite six 
months, but has shown more interest than some of 
our other brothers have in the same number of 

A few brothers who have transferred to this 
division recently are: J. M. Floyd, J. W. Spivey, 
C. T. Perry, L. E. Greer, E. J. Goodale, E. E. 
Gardner, J. B. Moore and J. F. Boulter. New 
members: Bro. Ash, Gila, and Bro. Wm. O'Brien, 
transferred from the Sacramento. We are glad 
to have all of these boys with us, and hope they 
will give a good account of thmeslves in helping 
to keep things lined up. 

The Tucson Division is well represented in the 
army: Bro. J. C. Bostick, Co. K., S. R. C, Fort 
.Sam Houston, Tex.; Bro. D. V. Cronin, Radio 
Co. 109th Field Signal Battalion, Camp Cody; 
Deniing, X. M.; Bro. Spaulding, Camp Cody 
(assignment not known); Bro. E. M. Joyce, Ist 
Lieut., 9th Field Battalion Camp, S. F. B, Morse, 
Leon Springs, Tex.; Pat Bancroft, until recently 
T. P., and F. A. and E. E. Taylor, who used to 
work at "UN" and "DG," and left^4his division 
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to become student officials several years ago, are 
recent volunteers at Camp Cody. Bro. I. F. 
O'Maley left Sentinel on December 12th to volun- 
teer at Fortr Bliss, Tex. There are others whose 
location I do not know at this writing. Drop 
these boys a line once in a while, they will appre- 
ciate it. 

Wishing all of you a happy and prosperous New 
Year. Fraternally, 

John F. Bkchtbl, L. C. 

Salt Lake Dtvision — 

Positions advertised ten days late. Lots of jobs 
up for bids. 

"SI," at Parran, and "AR," at Hazen, have a 
special code of their own for notifying each other 
of the train that bears their letters; suppose we 
will be hearing a new voice on the fone one of 
these days. 

Phones are being tested out betwcn Ogden and 
Montello, and we will shortly be on speaking terms 
with one another on this district. 

Bro. Compton and wife, Promontory Point, are 
on an extended visit East. 

It is time now to get that new card if you have 
not already done so. 

Bros. Puryear and Morris doubled while I was 
sick, a couple of tricks recently. 

The correspondent's job is hereby declared up 
for bids. 

Fmmd W. Adams, Div. Cor. 

Texas & New Orleans R. R. Division — 

Bro. D. A. Norton spent the holidays in "Dear 
Old Georgia/' his native land, and Bro. Black, 
"HN," spent his in Mississippi. 

Bro.. Rathburn is acting night chtef at "HN," 
pending assignment. 

Bros. Jordan, third, and Powell, second Galves- 
ton tower, doubled while Bro. Cherry, of first, was 
courting. ^ 

Bro. Cantrell, .who relieved on *'HD" second a 
few days, and Bro. Holland, on first "BE," re- 
lieved by Mrs. Cantrell on second Crosby. 

Assignments: Bro. Stuckey, of "CA," to Wood- 
ville; B. H. Byrd to Harrisburg tower third; E. T. 
Warbasse to West La Porte agency; C. G. Moseley 
to "HN" sixth. Felicia nights still begging for a 
regular applicant. 

Bro. Dunks, with a new saw mill under way at 
Devers, is having a rushing business. On account 
of no vacant houses in the village he is camping 
in the depot until other arrangements can be made. 

All roads appreciate us poor operators now, 
and a good many are offering nice inducements for 
"experienced" men. 

How about us asking for ten-day instead of 
thirty-day bulletins? It would get regular men on 
a job in much shorter time. Let's hear from you. 

Send your notes in and let's have a write-up 
each month. It looks better and we all like to 
see them in print. Thanks to Bro. Bush for what 
he sent me. Cbrt. 1965. 

Northern Pacific R. R., Div. No. 54. 

Dakota Division — 

Bros. Johnson and Nason wired me, December 
21st, as follows: 

"Opened negotiations December 1st, settled to- 
day, secured overtime for all employes covered 
by schedule for all work performed on Sunday; 
increased six-day positions $5, and relay operators 
$2.50 per month; increased overtime rate to 45 
cents on line, 60 cents in relay; calls 65 cents; 
secured overtime in relay for four holidays; new 
schedule effective January 1st; particulars by mail. 
Merry Xmas." 

These negotiations started without the knowledge 
of the rank and file by our far-sighted general 
chairman and secretary, was certainly a fine Christ- 
mas present for the bqys. Coming so soon after 
our recent general increase and eight-hour day it 
is an achievement meriting the commendation and 
congratulations of every telegrapher on the system. 
Hats off to the "brains" of Division 54 at North 
Branch, Minn., whose motto is "Do it now." 

There now remains no logical excuse for any man 
to further withhold his support from us, and we 
can not countenance a non any longer on this 

Our loyal and energetic Assistant Local Chair- 
man David Chas. Polndexter, of Sterling second, 
has enlisted in the Signal Corps Department of the 
army, and left for Jefferson Barracks, Mo., only 
advising us by this short curt telegram, "Have 
enlisted, will meet you in Berlin!" Glad to hear 
it, old top, even though we lose a good worker. 
Know you will serve Uncle Sam well. At this 
writing Bro. Harry Flowers, of "KD',* is in the 
hospital at Glendive, being made physically fit to 
follow Bro. Poindexter's footsteps as soon as con- 
valescent. Misses Bess Dallier and Irma Ingalls, 
of Jamestown are relieving Bros. Flowers and 
Poindexter, respectively. 

Will issue a seniority list after January Ist, 
prefixing all nons names with a (*), and announc- 
ing through The TBLBGRAPHsa when to remove 
after they join. If we miss any one in mailing 
them out, write for one. We'll take your note for 
a few news items. Those who have October 1st 
list will remove (*) from Wm. F. Lemberg, Geo. 
Olson, E. L. Smith and Jacob Schorosch. Expect 
several others soon, as I have faithful promises 
from almost every starred man. 

The new ruling granting the retaining of senior- 
ity rights by enlisted or drafted telegraphers was 
greatly appreciated. 

Bro. Raeshke, second Bismarck, has been giv- 
ing us much assistance in missionary work. 

Bro. Roy Pravitz, Wilton, has handled the 
largest shipment of cars for the lignite mine there 
this fall and winter than ever before. Bro. Colby, 
at Beulah, predicts the lignite mines there are 
going to eventually come up to Wilton's class. 

Bro. E. L. Smith took Chaseley agency; Bro 
A. L. Warren going to McKenzie agency, vice 
Bro. Gust Berquist to "J." 

Bro. F. A. Sommars, agent Mercer, has been 
helping a few of the Mercer lads prepare for 
entrance into signal corns^ Numecous other 
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agents are doing likewise, and it is a meritorious 
servkt in these days of Uncle Sam's needs for 
more telegraphers, 

Bro. B. E. Donley relieved Bro. R. L. Wilson. 
at Fort Rice, who enlisted in the signal corps and 
left for his home in Manchester, Tenn., for a 
risit Bro. H. S. Schmoldt is relieving Bro. 
Brewster at Cannon Ball. 

After the recent increase of $7.50 and an hour's 
overtime in most jobs, there is no further excuse 
for a non on the Dakota. Go get *em. 

We have a letter from Local Chairman C. V. 
Rowe, of the Mo. Pac. at Purcell, Mo., saying he 
received a copy of our new schedule and likes it so 
well that he is coming to the "Route of the Big 
Baked Potato" to work. She's the best road 
"what am." Come on, boy. 

Bro. J. W. King, agent Regan, went to Brain* 
erd hospital to have his tonsils removed. 

Bro. W. W. Jayncs went to the new agency 
at Lark, relieved temporarily by Bro. Lemberg 
at Werner, later by Bro. J. E, Bohlig. of Ypsi- 
lanti, relieyed by H. E. Moyes. Bro. H. D. 
Flowers acted as agent Halliday while Bro. L. 
Brockhoff was called East on sickness. Bro. A. G. 
Spiering, agent Sanger, moved into a private house 
at Sanger on account of the depot being too cold 
to live in during the winter. Bro. Ross Whit- 
come is now managing "JY" office and Bro. 
Ralph Whitcome managing **]** office. 

Mock, Syler and Guinn are working the main 
line tricks, and Woods, Andre and Rich the 
branch tricks, and Vincent is in charge of the 
telegraph school at Jamestown. 

Received a card from former Trainmaster Don 
Colby, at Honolulu, as first lieutenant Engineer 
Corps U. S. Army, on way to Russia; also former 
Dispatchers Ydstic and Grant. 

Above all, brothers, don't let your assessments 
go delinquent after February 28th, as it will be 
necessary for you to sign a war waiver same as a 
new member. Pay your assessment same time you 
do your dues. 

The new $5 increase for the six-day positions 
was obtained by the committee to offset the Sun- 
day overtime paid to seven-day positions as over- 
time on four Sundays a month should average 
about $5 or better. This also remedies the fact 
that most six-day positions were $5 less than seven- 
day positions. The majority of six-day men did 
not appreciate this differential or understand that 
it was worth |5 to have to work Sundays. 

Taking an average position on the Dakota, fig- 
uring the $7.50 increase, the one hour less work- 
day, which means another overtime for most jobs, 
and now on top of that Sunday overtime, or $5 
increase with overtime, and calls increased, aver- 
ages a monthly increase of approximately $17.50, 
or $210.00 a year. A card costs $12 a year in an 
organization that made these things possible. The 
man that still withholds is a "slacker" in the 
fullest sense. Fraternally yours, 

H. H. Ellswokth. L. C. 

to lend their utmost support in bringing the year 
to a close with an absolutely solid Idaho Divi- 
sion, to which a great many responded most gra- 
ciously, resulting in applications flocking in from 
all directions. Mighty few nons succeeded in 
evading us. 

I extend my sincere appreciation to every mem- 
ber who responded to my appeal even in the small- 
est way, encouraging others and myself as well. 
You who volunteered your assistance and those 
who failed to do so can still help, as some have 
promised in January pay day and others have 
not set any definite time to join. We roust look 
after each one of these and not let them go sliding 
along with nothing more than a promise. When 
. January pay day comes, remind them of their 
promises, lest they overlook them. A postal card 
will bring you a list of the nons and just as 
much information regarding the few left as a big 
long letter. Do not delay further, but make your 
request for the list at once. 

A great many of our worthy brothers are enlist- 
ing and while, in spite of the fact they are serv- 
ing Uncle Sam, we can not help but mourn their 
loss, and hope for their hasty return. This, of 
course, brings many new men to thfe division, 
some of whom have up to dates on other divi- 
sions while others have none at all. I wish to 
impress upon all the importance of keeping roe 
informed of such cases so we can transfer the 
former and line up the latter. When any new 
man comes to your station, let your first inquiry 
be of his organized standing. If lined up, secure 
his certificate and division number, sending both 
to me for transferring; if not lined up, impress 
upon his mind our motto, "No card, no favors,'* 
and maintain that attitude during his stay until 
he joins. 

Do not let your big heart get the best of you 
with any non. You have him tamed to eat out 
of your hand; your next move is to put the halter 
on, brand him with O. R. T. and then let him 
in on the green grass. 

Wishing you all a happy and prosperous New 
Year, I am. Yours fraternally, 

R. B. Irwin, Local Chairman. 

Members Idaho Division: 

In a recent issue of the journal I effected a 
special appeal to all the members of this division 

Idaho Division — 

Almost every periodical newspaper or magazine 
these days contains advertisements of ways and 
means to acquire a position whereby one can earn 
a livelihood by easier means than that of a small- 
salaried Job with some company or corporation. 

Among these advertisements are those of numer- 
ous correspondence schools, which no doubt carry 
out their contracts to the letter, as the purchasers 
of their correspondence courses are obliged to do 
some hard studying to carry out their part of the 
contracts they sign, in addition to the payment of 
the stipulated fees for such courses. Unfortu- 
nately, however, there are some irresponsible so- 
called schools which usually do not advertise, but 
depend upon the reputation of the institutions 
that do so to assist them in getting the unwary to 
take up their schemes of education in that line 
and sign notes for the payment of the courses 
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by the reputable schools that do advertise). The 
agents of these so-called schools arc usually the 
agents, also, for some funding company, which acts 
as the collection agency for these institutions to 
force the purchasers of such courses to pay the 
notes they have signed. 

I unfortunately, by personal experience, became 
familiar with one of these institutions that I have 
not yet seen advertised, and am submitting this 
as a warning to our members, in order that they 
may not be victimized as I have been. 

Anyone interested will be furnished the name 
of the so-called university and that of the agent 
to whom this warning refers by addressing me 
through General Secretary Nason, of the Northern 
Pacific Division No. 54, North Branch, Minn. 

Cmt. 1730. 

Idaho Division Notes — 

Bro. F. K. Sims, who enlisted in the signal 
corps, was relieved on Paradise third by C. R. 
Mitchell, and Bro. R. O. Harris, relieved M. E. 
Schroder, third Hope, on a trip to Spokane to 
enlist, who was turned down on examination. 

Bro. W. E. Krietz, who enlisted in the aerial 
corps, was relieved by Bro. S. F. Peterson. Since 
Bro. Paul M. Anderson enlisted in the signal 
corps, Bro. N. A. Smith has been doing th^ wire 
work at Wilbur owing to the scarcity of oper- 
ators. Several positions closed recently on that 

On vacations: Bro. T. D. Miller, first Eddy, 
relieved by Mrs. M. L. Stevens; Bro, Earl W. 
Hartman, third Ramsey, relieved by C. R. Mitchell; 
Sister Olson, called East owing to the illness of 
her mother, relieved by Sister M. J. Kay on 
third Trout Creek, was accompanied by Sister 
Jensen, who spent the holidays with home folks. 
Sister Percy, second Kildee, spent the holidays 
with her husband and daughter in Tacoma. 

Mrs. Emma Schmitz, mother-in-law of Bro. 
G. C. Williams, passed away at St. Luke*s Hos- 
pital, Spokane, Monday, December 17th. The 
bereaved relatives have our deepest sympathy. 

Bro. Hughes, second Sand Point, extra, has 
returned to the "Big 4," relieved by Bro. Potts. 
Sand Point was recently made a two-trick posi- 
tion, with hours from 10 a. m. to 7 p. m. and 
1 a. m. to 10 a. m. 

Assignments: Bro. E. S. Smith to second 
Cocolalla, vice Bro. E. L. Combs, to the agency 
there; Sister Olson, third Eddy, to third 
Trout Creek, vice Bro. Vawter, to Hope second; 
later Bro. S. J. Henry went to third Trout Creek 
from Otis Orchards agency (closed), the apple 
season being over; Bro. H. C. Hackney, a new 
man, is relieving at Granite agency pending bul- 

Bro. Morse E. Anderson on a trip to Spokane, 
relieved by Bro. S. F. Peterson, a new man, who 
later relieved Sister McNearney, second Velox, 
a few days. 

New members: Sisters Margaret Sullivan, Plains, 
and Margaret J. Kay, Trout Creek; Bros. H. C. 
Hackney, Granite; C. V. Fauss, third Cocolalla; 
Earl W. Hartman, third Ramsey; S. J. Henry, 
•gent Otis Orchards; S. F. Peterson, second 

Athol, and O. F. Roos, agent Fenn, Idaho. This 
looks like we are going to realize an absolutely 
solid Idaho Division in the near future. Let U5 
all work for it with our utmost ability. 

The heavy rain prevailed over the entire West 
has caused much trouble with trains on the First 
Subdivision in the way of slides. Some of our 
passenger trains were detoured via Milwaukee. 
The big rock slides near Hope on Sunday even- 
ing, December 16th, tied up the main line for 
over twelve hours. All wires east of Hope being 
down a big part of the time, Bro. Taylor, second 
Trout Creek, sat in as dispatcher, with headquar- 
ters at "J" and kept trains moving on that end 
until the dispatcher could get a wire through. 

Bros. E. W. Richey, of Ferdinand, and G. C. 
Williams, of Kildee (post office, Belknap, Mont.), 
have been appointed assistant local chairmen. 
Both are live workers and will get results wher- 
ever they are to be gotten. They are supplied 
with application blanks and will gladly furnish 
them to anyone wishing to join. 

Make a New Year's resolution with a determined 
mind to insist on "No card, no favors** and live up 
to it. Div. Coa. 

Lake Superior Division — 

Assignments: Bro. Elwood to Moose Lake 
agency, relieved on Wyoming second by Relief 
Agent Bro. Darby Gray, and he by Penrose, a new 
man; Bro. Moen to second Wyoming, relieved at 
McGregor by Bro. McGillis, a new man; Bro. R. B. 
Maupin to third McGregor; Bro. F. W. Hoffman 
to first Aitkin, vice Bro. Roy Beall, resigned; Bro. 
R. F. Trueblood to second trick Aitkin, and T. A. 
Sebasta, agent Moose Lake, to second there. 

Bro. Gray i-elicved Bro. Trummer, Pillager, dur- 
ing the Christmas holidays. 

Bro. F. Brouaseau, third Cromwell, went to 
Superior, when the soldier boys entrained for 
Camp Scott, (^1., to bid his brother farewell, who 
was among them. 

Business on the third district has picked up 
considerably, extra night offices having been opened 
at Hugo, Willow River and Mahtowa. It is now 
Bro. Brandt, agent at Hugo. 

Bro. Nason reports good progress in lining up 
the nons and bringing in the delinquents on this 
division. Considerable credit is due him on ac- 
count of his activity since he became general secre- 
tary and treasurer. We now have only three de- 
linquents on this division, but this is three too 
many. Let's get busy, boys, and line them all up. 

If you boys want to see a write-up in the 
journal each month, send your notes to Bro. 
Knedel, Wyoming, before the 20th of the month. 
If we depend on a few to do it all, we are bound 
to miss some of the news, so send it in, even if 
you have only one or two items, send *em in. I 
hope to see a better write-up next motith. 

Div. Cor., Cert. 396. 

Montana Division — 

Bro. Ca^ll is again at work after some time at 
Chico Springs for rheumatism. Bro. Rightmire, of 
"TN," is looking after business affairs at Spokane. 

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The Railroad Telegrapher. 


°fo. Macey, of third* has resigned and gone East. 
^fo, Koppen relieved Miss Hazel Troup, extra, at 
"TX" and ••ME." 

5ro. Payne, "MT," has gone to war. Bi;o. Allyn 

^rson has also enlisted, relieved by Bro. Hickey. 

Bro. Bums, "CO," visiting a few days in Butte, 

relieved by Miss EUiler, and Bro. Tietx, visiting 

friends in Michigan, relieved by Mrs. Breckenridge 

-Bro. Swarts visiting his folks' in Washington, re- 

Weved by Bro. Godfrey; Bro. Gabriel is visiting his 

^oflcs in Illinois for a month; Sister Schroeder 

^»«ited uvith her folks near Huntley two weeks, 

^n<i Sister Sutherland spent the holidays with her 

«olic3 at Hamilton; Bro. Carlcton visited Billings 

^"^ oth«r points recently, also looking after busi- 

"^ss at Great Falls. 

Assigunjents: Mrs. Kabrich to third "BD;" 

^'a« Rxath McOatchey to third "MU," vice Miss 

"dri^tta Troup; Miss Genevieve Glasgow to 

.^""o*. Balbinot and Leach resigned, latter to the 
^'Ji^^xUcee train service. 

■"<*- Frank Turvey, one of the most popular 

and are not salaried for that purpose, but look 
after your welfare free gratis, and a heart full 
of gratefulness. We hope that the next six months 
will see the Northern Pacific solid O. R. T. from 
end to end. 

This is the largest division of the system, in 
the number of employes in this department, and 
our standing in the organization is excellent, not- 
withstanding we have, no doubt, more ladies com- 
ing to us than any other division. 

We want td thank Assistant Local Chairmen 
Meehan, Wilkins and Allen, and Correspondent 
Murray and Assistant Correspondent Tronstad, for 
their faithful work, also to the number of brothers 
and sisters in the ranks who have lent a helpful 
hand, we extend our grateful thanks. 

We hope each one will be filled with renewed 
courage this coming year, and go forth to do 
greater work than in the past. 

With the greetings of the season, and best per- 
sonal wishes to all, I am gratefully yours, 

E. A. Brand, L. C. 

•^^s along the line, having been on the division yellowstone Division Notes— 

1913, and bride, formerly Sister Julietta 
"^^^^^^^er, a charming young lady of Billings, are 
.^ ^t home at Rapids. They have our best 
'"***^« for the future. Ceit. 1523. 

**oxmrstone Division — 
. *^^ cycles of time have brought us to the be- 
**"*^« of another year, and it is fitting and 
^ *^I*^«- that we stop and reflect on the past twelve 


*^*" the country as a whole, it has been 

-| ^•"^<:edented history maker. We have been 
j^ **^«d into a world war; many of our good O. 
y " ■^- workers have joined the colors, and we are 
^^ proud of them. But there are left behind 
^^^^'^^r tasks than we have ever faced. That of 
~vig up the organization is going on with the 
spirit that our brothers are fighting the 
0-^^ -^8 "over there.** With the taking away of 

s^ ^*^*", the women are being brought into the 

r^^ \^^*^=c through the medium of schools of teleg- 
'• *^**:V and telephonery, and we are proud to note 
Jn the greater number of cases they are join- 

j>^r^ ^>ur ranks, generally anxious to come into the 


i^^^^< have in the year Just closed, notwithstand- 

^^^ the war conditions, secured one of the best 

>v^^^dules in the West, perhaps in the country; 

^» ^^«se of a good committee with the backing of 

^ greater percentage of the telegraphers of the 

^ ^^*^hcm Pacific. If we could have had 100 per 

- **t membership and 100 per cent support, there 

, *io telling how much better the committee could 

^Ve done. It behooves us to increase this 90 

r^^ cent of the employes and secure still greater 

^Kiefits for aU. Any one who works for this road 

?J^ months should become a member of the O. R. 

^* Every member should make it a personal duty 

^ see that all in their own offices are lined up with 

|he organization. It is your duty as much as it 

^ the local or assistant chairmen's duty. They 

^re no more in duty bound to this work than you, 

Bros. Johnson and Nason have just closed 
another schedule, incorporating Sunday overtime 
for all Sunday work for all operators, at rate of 
60 cents for calls, and 45 cents for overtime. The 
Relay Division secures this and four holidays per 
year in addition. It is thought that this will apply 
to all employes covered by our present schedule. 

Bro. and Sister Golden, of Sweet Briar, are en- 
joying themselves with their new Auburn four. 

The first sub is coming into its own and hopes 
soon to be solid. 

The lady operators are to be congratulated for 
the way they are joining, showing our "Old Moss 
Backs*' that they are made of the right stuff. 

The automatic block between Glendive and Man- 
dan was put into effect at 1 p. m., December 5th. 
We need no longer break our necks rushing out 
with a "soup/* as this has been done away with 
at last. However instructions have been issued 
for us to be out for all trains, in case there might 
be a hot one or a message. 

One of the brothers suggests that we have a non 
list printed in large type and nailed on the side of 
box cars. A pretty good idea. 

We are glad to state that Ott, on second Man- 
dan, for a brief spell, has left probably for that 
unorganized road where he claims he received bet- 
ter treatment than on an organized one. 

Bro. Murray, our division correspondent, has 
returned from his motor trip to Bismarck, accom- 
panied by Bro. Meehan, who states that it was 
necessary to go over to the heating plant at Man- 
dan to thaw out. Bro. Murray inspected the hos- 
pital at "GI," also other points in Montana, 
including the crops, etc. 

It is now Sister Williams and Sister Desforges, 
making South Heart solid. 

Bro. E. O. Murray, Hebron second, visited his 
daughter in California several weeks recently. 
Sister West visited her parents at Sweet Briar a 
few days before assuming New Salem second. 

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Assignments: Second tricks — Mandan, Mrs. D. 
M. Wilkins; Colgate, Margaret Brown; New Salem, 
Isabel West. Third tricks — Hodges, Florence 
Schmudlach; Zero, Edwin O'Reilly; Worden, 
Charlotte Lewis; Custer. C. A. Sharp; Curlew, 
Miss Edna Stanley; Huntley, G. A. McDonald; 
Beach, E. E. Cavanaugh; Zero, Harley Stevens. 
Agent-operators — Hysham, R. O. Rea; Medora, P. 
7. Gallagher. 

Bro. Tronstad, of Forsyth, writes that he is hav- 
ing trouble securing notes from the members, so 
the west end is not as well Represented as usual. 
Ninety-nine per cent of our membership seems to 
expect the other 1 per cent to be posted on all 
changes, etc. If each member would just write 
down the changes he hears of and send them to 
the correspondent, we would always be well repre- 
sented. Don't worry about your news being dupli- 
cated by some one else, the editor will take charge 
of that. Cert. 391. 

Pasco Division — 

Sister Griffith is relieving Sister Henton, at 
Fishtrap, on account of sickness. 

It's now Bro. C. Dey, agent Sprague. Con- 

Assignments: Bro. Howbrook to second and 
Bro. G. Schrader to third Badger; Bro. La 
Marche, brother of our local chairman, to Tokio, 
vke Sister Rueff, to Providence second; Bro. Whit- 
ing, third Lina, to Cunningham agency, vice Bro. 
Duggan, who was assigned to Gibbon, the terminal 
for the local freight, where all trains stop for 
water. Sister Duggan, also assigned to Gibbon, 
was relieved by a new man on third Cunningham. 
Bro. R. L. Maden, second ConncU, to third Pom- 

Bro. J. S. Langois, second Ritzville, is oflF on 
account of his eyes. We hope they get better. 

Bro. and Sister Duggan have left Cunningham 
and will be missed on the east end by the brothers 
and sisters. They recently received a letter from 
Bro. V. C. Jones, who went to Portland to have 
his eyes treated, and they are so bad that he may 
not be able to return to work. 

Bro. and Sister Pierce are both laid up with 
bad colds. The sister was off 'at second Cunning- 
ham several months, having her nose treated. 

Sister Collins, first Glade, made a trip to Spo- 
kane recently. 

Bro. R. H. Wolfe and Bro. Corb are on second 
and third there. Cert. 768, Div. Cor. 

Tacoma Difision — 

The Chambers Prairie Echo reports the produc- 
tion of a "three-reel screecher," in which Bro. 
Allan Neal appears as the hero. Part one shows 
Bro. Neal and the heroine boarding a luxurious 
passenger train and departing for the city of 
Tacoma. Part two: Bro. Neal and heroine arrive 
in Tacoma and proceed to take in the whole city. 
After an all-too-brief but joyous day, they turn 
their faces stationward only to find upon their 
arrival that 413 had already departed. Our hero 
is distressed but not discouraged. Spying No. 
423 about to depart, he quickly places the heroine 

aboard and they are off for "somewhere near 
home." Part three: Bro. Neal and heroine arrive 
at St. Clair jungle, seven and some tenths miles 
from h9me; here our hero borrows a "velocipede** 
from the stationmaster, Bro. Graybeal, places the 
heroine abroad said vehicle and heroically proceeds 
to put in his best work, pumping one speeder for 
seven miles and some tenths. The end. 

I ask Bro. Leahy's pardon for the error in the 
November notes. I understand Bro. Leahy for- 
feited third Vader in favor of Mrs. Leahy, and 
was later informed that Bro. Leahy was called upon 
for extra work, and Mrs. Leahy asked to relieve 
him at Vader. Later Bro. Leahy bid in third 

Bro. H. A. Long was off recently having dental 
work done. Bro. Emerick is down with la grippe, 
Bro. De Shields was a recent Olympia visitor. 

Bro. and Sister Sherwood and Bro. and Sister 
Tompkins are waiting for relief for a trip back 

Sister Graybeal tenders her thanks to the 
brothers and sisters for flowers sent her while in 
the Olympia hospital. 

Assignments: Bro. Goodwin to Lebam; Bro. 
Strzelecki, Yacolt; Bro. Weyand, third Centralia; 
Bro. E. T. Wyse agency Rochester, relieved on 
second **RH" by Mrs. Wheeler, later by Miss 
Bryant; Bro. Savage, first Aberdeen Jet.,' to second, 
vice Wilson, who relieved Mrs. Minor on second 
St. Clair and later relieved Bro. Gaudette on third 
South Tacoma, assigned second Rochester; Bro. 
Wheeler, from the S. P., to Hoquiam first, vice 
Bro. Napper; Mrs. Wheeler to third Hoquiam, vice 
Sister Rubish, to third Montesano, vice Sister 
Dee, to second St. Clair. 

Bro. Stolte returned to Pe Ell, vice Smith, who 
relieved Bro. Coppersmith on second St Clair. 

The new depot at American Lake is quite an 
improvement over the improvised affair. Sixteen 
men are now employed there and thirteen in the 
express office. 

Helpers put on at Dryad Gate and Lakeview on 
account of good business, which is getting stilt 

Bro. Dean, of Chehalis, gone back East on ac- 
count of his wife's illness, was relieved by Miss 
Bryant, who later relieved Bro. Hooven on third 
Gate, later relieved by Sister Vose, Bro. F. T. 
Wright going to Chehalis. 

Bro. Cuff, agent Orting, was off a few days 
recently, and Bro. Hartl is on ninety days' vaca- 

Don't forget the social fund when making up 
your 1918 budget. Pay up for a year in advance 
and you won't have to worry about it until next 

Sister Bosworth, in Minnesota, where she was 
called by the death of a sister, acknowledges the 
resolutions sent her by members of this division, 
in part as follows: "I want to thank the entire 
division for their kind thoughtfulness shown me, 
a new member of your division, in sending the 
resolutions. It makes me feel that I am indeed 
one with you." We will all be glad to welcome 
this good sister back among us again. 

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Bro. Carr got too intimate vi^th a rusty nail; 
result, a very sore foot, a day in the rocking 
chair and the necessity of learning the lame duck 
hop. Moral: -Don't argue with a rusty nail; 
better to miss it by a Joot than to make close 

I wish you all a prosperous and joyful New 
Year. E. A. Mielkb, Div. Cor. 

Seattle Division — 

The meeting in Seattle on Sunday, December 
16th, was well attended, considering the weather, 
and although twice as many could have been there 
bad they so desired, I am pleased at the turnout 
and believe those who attended were as well 
pleased as I was, and hope they will come again 
next time. When Bro. Ackley, from the end of 
the division, could attend, it rather shows up some 
of the brothers in a bad light who are less than 
half that distance away. If the brothers would 
all show that kind of spirit, we would have to 
hire a hall. We were honored in having Sister 
Leeper with us, the only sister present, who also 
came all the way from the east end to attend. 
We hope other sisters will be encouraged to attend 
next time. 

The meeting being called for a general discus- 
sion, many good points were brought out. There 
is no limit to the amount of benefit we can derive 
from these meetings. Several of those who at- 
tended expressed a desire to hold meetings regu- 
larly, and this we hope to arrange for after the 
worst of the winter is over. 

It was decided to print new seniority lists about 
the first of the year, in the little leaflet style same 
as last year. As the expense of printing and mail- 
ing them comes from our local fund, it was unani- 
mously agreed that nobody would be entitled to 
one who had not contributed to that fund, which 
is entirely voluntary. We feel that it is a benefit 
to all to keep up this fund, the amount — 50 cents 
every six months, less than 10 cents a month — be- 
ing so small |hat it is no financial embarrassment 
to anyone to contritiiute. 

One of the main purposes for which this fund 
was established was to purchase flowers, etc., for 
sick members while in the hospital or for floral 
pieces in case of deaths. It is the duty of any- 
one knowing of some member being in the hospital 
to notify either L. S. & T. fiell or myself, and 
we will see that something is sent them. It is 
impossible for us to keep track of such things, but 
a very small matter for someone to call us up 
on the wire or drop us a line telling us of such 

A common expression from members now is: 
"/ can not see how old-timers can have the nerve 
to stay out of the Order any longer after the 
good things we have gotten for them.". It is 
strange that it takes so much to make some men (?) 
open their eyes, but persistency has its rewards; 
so if we keep aft^r them possibly we shall yet be 
able to make them ashamed of continually taking 
everything and giving nothing. 

Brothers, when a new man comes to your sta- 
tion, let me know whether he is a member and 
what division. If he is not a member, get his 

application. It is your duty as a union man to do 
this, and while I can keep after the old ones regu- 
larly, I can not keep a line on the new ones all 
the time. 

With best wishes to you all, I am, 
Yours fraternally, 

R. C. BstGUM, Local Chairman. 

Seattle Division Notes — 

Bro. Bayer, third Kennedy, was a Seattle visitor 
recently and stopped off at Auburn to take in the 
sights. . 

Palmer Jet. days Sister H. M. Nash instead of 
Bro. Floberg, as per bulletin, on account Sister 
Nash's bid getting in after bulletin was out. We 
should be more prompt in our bidding. Surely 
seven days is plenty of time to get your bid in 
within the time limit (5 p. m. on the day bulletin 
closes). We all know how it feels to be dis- 

Assignments: Second tricks-^Bro. Carr, Au- 
burn yard; Sister Mclntyre, Bristol (new posi- 
tion); McGurk, Easton; Bro. Bassett, Clear Lake. 
Third tricks — Bro. Kallandar, Stampede; Bro. Mc- 
lntyre, Bristol (new position); Mrs. Sands, Sno- 

On bulletin: Second Black River and Ravens- 
dale, Sumner days and agent-operator Nooksack. 

Remember the slogan, "Sixty thousand strong 
for 1918," and get after the "slackers." They 
have absolutely no excuse for staying out, letting 
us carry the burden. We have a good schedule, 
and they should be willing to let go of a dollar 
a month out of that extra ten they are grabbing 
every pay day. All the new operators on this divi- 
sion need is to be asked, and each one of us should 
try to get at least one member. If the material 
runs out, you can reach over on some other divi- 
sion where there may still be a few left. 

Sister Jones took a rest before moving to first 
Auburn. Bro. Powell is back on first Auburn 
depot after harvesting his "spud" crop; relieved 
by G. H. Plaxton, from Superior Division, who 
later went to second Black River pending bulletin. 
Bro. O'Connor, third Kanaskat, relieved by Major 
• Hamm two days to "ride the goat." Quin, from 
Minn. Division, to days Palmer Jet. pending bul- 

Bro. Love, "SP," to second Black River, extra, 
relieving Plaxton, to extra agent and operator 
Nooksack; later Bro. Love to second East Auburn 
pending bulletin, relieving Bro. Jaiger, from Divi- 
sion 23. Sister Morgan to second Black River, 
temporary; Bro. Cosgrovc to Sumner days, bring- 
ing him nearer home. 

North End Notes— 

Sister Jonas to Delvan, opened again on account 
of heavy log trains; Reitzel to third Arlington; 
Dickinson to Deming agency, relieved by Gayer 
on second Arlington, who also relieved Bro. Gross 
there while taking the visual examination at Ever- 
ett; Worley, extra Deming, to extra Nooksack, 
vice Sister Nash; Bro. Darbee to second Arlington, 
vice Gayer; Mrs. Sands to third Snohomish; Plax- 
ton to Noksack, vice Worley, extra, gone East; 

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Barto, operator Sumas for the past fourteen years, 
to Nooksack agency. 

It is rumored that our trains will be running 
into Vancouver, B. C, in the near future. 

Brothers, don't leave the office without telling" 
the dispatcher. It will make it easier for him. 

I am indebted to Bro. Heine for north end 
notes. Come again. Would also like to hear 
from some other brothers. It's hard to keep- track 
of all the news. Let me have your items not later 
than the 15th of each month. 

I wish you all a happy New Year; it's a little 
late, but never too late to mend or get , on the 
right road. This applies to our list of non-mem- 
bers. Come on, boys and girls; get yourselves an 
up-to-date card for a New Year's present. 

Everett True, Div. Cor. 

Wheeling ^ Lake Erie Ry., Div. No. 55. 

Toledo Division — 

Bro. Maloney is back on third Norwalk yard 
after helping out for several months as second 
trick dispatcher west end at Brewster. Jack had the 
privilege of staying in "DI" regular, but preferred 
"NY." Bro. R. A. Breymaier, from "D," who. 
succeeded him, is a general favorite, and all wish 
him unbounded success. Bro. C. D. Smith, former 
relief agent, on third Norwalk yard during Malo- 
ncy's absence, bid in second there vice Bro. G. 
W. Lucas to "D" some time ago to train dis- 

Bro. F. C. Ames, extra at Norwalk yard for 
several months, bid in his old trick, third Lime- 
stone, soon to be opened again. 

The company's "ham factory" at Canton re- 
cently flooded the system with its graduate female 
phoners. Much to the disgust of the operators, 
the company has placed these innocent girls in 
various offices, where they are expected to finish 
their training, and all for the magniftcent salary 
of $50 a month. Watch them closely, boys, and 
as soon as they are competent to hold a phoner's 
position, instead of allowing them to crowd us out 
and force a lower standard of wages, secure their 
applications and organize them. It will not take 
them long to learn what a heartless monster a rail- 
road corporation really is, and the benefits of our 
organization will quickly appeal to them. Once 
organized, we can depend upon them to stand by 
us to the bitter end in all controversies. Ye mar- 
ried guys, do I not speak the truth? 

Huron South yard closed December 12th, re- 
leasing Steadman, Menue/ and Gregory. The 
latter goes to Limestone, extra, the two former 
into retired life at Huron. Why talk of a shortage 
of operators? Here are two good men who might 
accept regular employment as operators if the 
salaries offered were sufficient to buy a corncob 
pipe and a pair of socks after the board bill was 

E. R. Richlin, first Homestead, who tops the 
seniority list among our confirmed nons, in a wire 
conversation with another "hardshell" at Curtice, 
Ohio, recently, was boasting of a small increase 
that had been handed to him and told how "wc'* 

were going up for more money, which was sorely 
needed. What a nauseous pain such talk gives 
a good healthy O. R. T. man. It reminds one of 
the old story of how "zve killed a bear." What 
right have they to even pick up the crumbs from 
the O. R, T. table? Richlin has been solicited by 
every organizer who has covered the road since 
November 26, 1899, while the other fellow once 
attacked a persistent, yet courteous, organizer 
with a stove poker. "By their works ye shall 
know them." Both should listen to a good ser- 
mon, the text to be taken from the twenty-third 
chapter of "Proverbs," ninth verse. 

Assignments: R. H. Dilley to Cherry street, 
Toledo; R. D. Wickwire, agent Brilliant, to sec- 
ond Hartland, later to Gremont operator and 
clerk; Stone, froift Miner, succeeded Wickwire at 
Hartland. Bro. E. A. Thonia, second there, bid 
in the agency, vice G. H. Gray, Hartland, re- 
signed to go farming; Bro. H. Bartholomew to 
Scio agency pending bids, relieved by Relief Agent 
Davis at Clarksfield, who also relieved J. D.. Bran- 
del, agent Limestone, on vacation. 

One of our operators (I think he is up to date), 
who lives in the vicinity of Orrville, seems to 
take great pleasure in running about to other 
stations, assisting, gratis, in doing station work 
where the company should furnish mote paid help. 
It sometimes happens that an agent is sick, and 
instead of sending a competent man to relieve him, 
the company allows girl students (genuine, made- 
in-Canton variety) to handle affairs. Then our 
friend is mor? free than ever with his services, 
asking the dispatchers to allow him to quit a couple 
of hours early so he can go over to the next sta- 
tion to help out. He also copies the Western 
ITnion business and transmits to the student over 
the telephone. It's queer how blind some people 
are to their own interests and those of their fellow 

We now have three dispatchers at Brewster, 
each working eight hours: W. J. Jenkins, first; 
T. H. Palmer, second, and Jimmy Melson, third. 
L. C. Conoid, former day chief, has been advanced 
to superintendent of telegraph, advancing T. H. 
Palmer from first trick dispatcher Cleveland to 
second chief, succeeded by Dispatcher Elmer Gour- 
ley, Charley Syler taking first trick west end. 
We have nine trainmasters on 534 miles of track. 

Deep drifts of snow and extremely cold weather 
have caused considerable delay to traffic during 
the past few weeks. Engine failures are a com- 
mon occurrence. 

We are the poorest paid operators in this sec- 
tion of the country. Get that straight in your 
"noddles." A "Hunkie" section laborer (not the 
foreman) recently drew one dollar more on his 
pay check than the writer, who worked one day 
more during the period than said "Hunkie." An 
old darkey ditch digger who doesn't know his 
A-B-C's, will find plenty of employment at $3 
per day. We operators seem content to struggle 
along on $70 per month minimum. If I received 
as much pay as the old darkey I would draw $93 
for my month's labor if it was a 31-day month. 
I am in favor of asking for a day wage instead 
of a monthly salary. 

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A recent derailment at Mittingers of fifteen cars, 
heavily loaded with coal, caused the death of one 
trespasser, who, during the distressing coal short- 
age, was attempting to secure enough coal to 
relieve the suffering in his household. Another 
trespasser, a young boy, was hurled several rods 
into an adjoining field and landed uninjured be- 
neath the spreading boughs of a huge elm tree. 
He was so frightened, however, that when ques- 
tioned by trainmen, it was discovered that he 
had temporarily lost his power of speech. 

T. E. Friend, operator and inventor at Norwalk, 
has been helping out lately at various points in 
the vicinity of his home town. 

Bro. E. A. Shulenberger, third Lodi, is being 
relieved by one of the fair young misses from 

Bro. A. J. Mack, who formerly worked a trick 
in Brewster yard office, is now conductor of a 
yard engine there. 

Business has fallen off considerably since the 
close of navigation on the lakes, and the company 
has leased several small engines to other lines. 
Understand the 683 went to the Hocking Valley 
and 671 and 675 to the Clover Leaf. 

The long hospitai trains that are hauled West 
at irregular intervals, prove beyond a doubt that 
as well as being profit-makers, the huge new mallet 
compounds are an enormous expense to the com- 
pany. It was found necessary to enlarge their 
tanks so that their coal capacity would be about 
seven tons greater, as they experienced consider- 
able difficulty in making into terminals without 
setting out on account of shortage of fuel. 

CitT. 293. 

or those not becoming delinquent are not required 
to sign the "war waiver." 

E. W. Shaooak, Local Chairman. 

Queen A Crescent (North), Div. No. 62. 

First District — 

Bro. i. C. Thompson, "G". Cincinnati, has re- 
signed and gone with an eastern road. 

Bro. J. N. Trougott, first Ludlow, was off a few 
days on account of the death of his father. 

Bro. Ray Gardner, after several months' de- 
lay, has gone to third Ludlow. He has passed pre- 
liminary examinations and expects to be called into 
the army soon. 

Bro. Homer Grain, first "VVS" tower, is taking 
his half-month vacation, relieved by Hardie, a new 

Bro. J. VV. Gardner, Blanchet agency, has just 
returned from a short vacation. 

Bro. Wise, second Georgetown, spent a short 
vacation during December, relieved by B. Wilson. 
Bro. J. O'Connor, third Georgetown, was off sick 
at the same time, relieved by M. Rice. 

Mrs. Bessie Price, agent Doncrail, is taking an 
extended vacation, being relieved by Roy Gardner. 

Bro. S. D. Ison ts back at Burgin, after being 
relieved by Wright, a new man from N. & W. 

Pay your dues promptly, and by all means escape 
the delinquent list. Remember those not paying up 
assessments in the M. B. D. within sixty days after 
the beginning of each semi-annual period will be 
required to fill out the "war waiver," thereby de- 
priving themselves of insurance if they arc later 
called to the front and* fall. Continuous members 

Second and Third District — 

Let's renew for 1918 the resolutions to stay in 
good standing; carry an up-to-date card this year; 
pay our dues early; see how many new members 
you can enroll, and strive for success. 

The double track work is going to cause a few 
operators to move their boarding house, and some 
of the younger telegraphers may expect to be dis- 
placed when this is done. 

When you receive your new annual pass, just 
stop a minute and ask yourself why did the com- 
pany send this to me? 

War times are making our wages very small 
based on their buying capacity. In fact we can 
not buy as much for a month's salary as we could 
ten years ago. 

A new position has been installed at Somerset, 
with Bro. Hieatt on first. Miss Singleton on third, 
and H. B. Willis on second, pending bulletin. 

Should a ticket clerk give the dispatcher informa- 
tion on trains when the operatq^ is off duty? 

Boys, please help me get an interesting report 
each month. We have brother operators in the 
army who will be glad to read about us. 

J. G. V'^ANHOOK. Cert. 593. 

Minn. St, 8t Louit R. R., Div. No. 71. 

Bro. Hain, Hopkins, has resigned, and Mr. 
Roark has enlisted in the signal service. 

Bro. Funk has resumed at Carver. T. H. Koer- 
ner, returned to the service, is now on second there. 

Bro. Perkins, agent Montgomery, is working 
first there on account of the shortage of operators. 

Bro. Lyans has resumed on first Waseca after 
thirty days, relieved by Bro. G. P. Madden. Bro. 
Gaughen, second Waseca, spent a few days in 
Minneapolis recently. 

Bro. A. H. Henry, from C. & N. W., Janesville, 
Minn., now on third New Richland. Local Chair- 
man Madden is at Minneapolis on committee work. 

Local Chairman Zeigler was called to Spencer, 
S. D., on account of the illness and death of his 
mother. Belview station in charge of the section 
foreman on account of the shortage of agents. 

Bro. W. D. Dixon, a former agent, with the 
Soo Line for years, is now agent at Gibbons. 

Bro. Losen, second Gowrie, on ten days' vacation, 
spent Christmas with his folks at Decorah, Iowa, 
relieved by Mr. Shoemaker, formerly on the St. L., 
& R. I., but out of the game for several years. 

Victor, three-year-old son of Bro. Hanson, Grand 
Jet., is in Des Moines hospital with throat trouble. 
We all hope for his speedy recovery. 

Bro. Beard, Dallas Center, has promised us some 
news for the next issue. 

General Secretary and Treasurer Sandmier is 
with the committee at Minneapolis, relieved by 
V. W. Munsell, son of Bro. Munscll, at Rippey. 

New members: Agents — H. A. Crose, Hunting- 
ton; W. J. Boyle, Gowrie; C. A. Anderson, Le- 
land; F. V. Johnson, Dayton; P. C. Roth, Esther 

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ville; C. S. Swartz, Gilmore. Operators — A. L. 
Loscn, Gowric; J. S. Young, Corwith; R. F. 
Williams, Albert Lea; A. W. Vandferhoof, Hum- 
boldt. This increase in membership cleans up our 
non list considerably, and I hope we will soon 
have the pleasure of announcing a few more. The 
branch from Ft. Dodge to Angus is now 100 per 
cent solid, and there are only a few nons now 
between Ft. Dodge and Des Moines. 

Brothers, show your appreciation of the commit- 
tee going up for a new schedule before our old 
one ran out, trying to secure us better working 
conditions and more money, which owing to the 
way living expenses are going up we need to keep 
the wolf from the door, by putting all your efforts 
to lining up the few nons left. 

Semi-annual dues for the first half of 1918 are 
now payable, and all members are urged to take 
out a yearly card when can can conveniently 
do so. 

Don't fail to send Bro. Sandmier your first 
month's increase, always customary with all roads 
to donate to the Order in helping to defray ex- 
penses while fighting for our interest. 

S. J. B., Div. Cor., Cert. 451. 


Whbebas, It has pleased our heavenly Father 
and All-wise Ruler of the Universe to take unto 
Himself the beloved mother of our dear Bro. and 
Local Chairman J. J. Zeigler; in manifestation of 
our grief and fraternal sympathy be it 

Resolved, That the members of System Division 
No. 71, of the Order of Railroad Telegraphers, 
extend to the sorrowing brother and members of 
the afflicted family their sincere and heartfelt 
sympathy in their sad hour of bereavement; and be 
it further 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be 
forwarded to the bereaved brother, a copy spread 
upon the minutes of the division, and a copy for- 
warded to The Telegrapher for publication. 
A. L. Gardner, 
J. C. Sandmier, 
J. J. Madden, 


Eastern Division — 

Bro. Field has gone with M. B. & S. at Musca- 
tine, relieved at Elrick Jet. by Bro. Callahan. 

Agent Kyle, of Brighton, off a week on account 
of the sickness of his mother, relieved by Bro. 
White. Bro. Bartlett, second Brighton, is back 
from vacation visiting with his brother in Minne- 

Bro. James Moward is relieving Bro. McLin at 
Richland, serving on the committee at Minneapolis. 
Mrs. Howard doing the work at Martinsburg. 

Bro. Mitchell is at "SK" Oskaloosa days, and 
Tom Gogerty nights. 

Ross Brown is back dispatching on third north 

Bro. Griffith is relieving General Chairman Gard- 
ner at Steamboat Rock while serving on the com- 

mittee, relieved at Ackley second by Holmes, from 

Bro. Tim Landfear is now on second, and Bro. 
Covey on third Marshalltown ; Bro. Kitelinger 
and Paul Crowder having gone to war. 

Bro. Kime, agent Fremont, visiting his mother 
a few days, was relieved by Bro. Davis, manager of 
the telephone company there. 

Brothers, let's not forget to pay our dues 
promptly, and our M. B. D. assessments which 
go direct to Bro. Rawlins, at St. Louis. Let's start 
the new year right, and resolve to have an up-to- 
date card in our pockets each day of the jrcar 
1918. You will find that is one of the very best 
ways of backing up your committee. If a brother 
hasn't got interest enough in his Order to keep 
his dues up, the committee don't know whether it 
can depend on him or not. 

C. A N. W. Ry., Div. No. 76. 

In order to avoid correspondents duplicating the 
provisions of the new schedule, eflFective on the 
Chicago & North Western January 1, 1918, we 
mention a few of the important changes made in 
the agreement: 

Ten consecutive hours including meal hour for 
one-man stations; nine consecutive hours including 
meal hour at two-trick offices, or one-trick oper- 
ated during the night. Overtime for operators 
working in "SJ" and '*J" offices on Sundays or 
holidays. Overtime for all other telegraphers re- 
quired to work on Sundays, based on a twenty-six 
day month. Calls, 65 cents; overtime, 40 cents. 
Many other minor rules have been changed; which 
no doubt will be noted in the printed schedule, 
which should be in the hands of the membership 
in the near future. 

Minnesota Division — 

Assignments: Telegraphers — First trick — ^Jud- 
son, M. J. Thomas; Canby, A. E. Hunt. Second. 
St. Charles, Bro. G. E. Burgess; Eyota, A. J. 
Dufgan; Springfield, J. G. Tower. Third — Janes- 
ville, Bro. L. E. Scott; Watertown, Bro. G. E. 
Burgess; Lewiston, J. F. Merrick. Agent and 
telegrapher— Revere, P. W. Miskie; Elgin, Bro. 
E. W. O'Connor. 

On bulletin: First Lewiston Minneota and 
Watertown; second Burdette, Lamberton and Can- 
by; third ♦telegrapher Eyota, Burdette, Spring- 
field, Marshall and Canby. 

Bro. W. H. Blanchette, from Marshall, now at 
Jefferson Barracks, Mo., for training, sends his 
'*73'* to the boys back home. We hope to have 
him with us again when the war is over. 

Bro. B. F. Wells, agent Burdette, is working 
under a big handicap these days owing to the 
illness of his wife. Dad is sticking to the key, 
however, and we hope for his wife's speedy re- 

Chief Dispatcher Prescott one Sunday recently 
was riding between Winona and Rochester in a 
caboose, sitting in front of one of the windows, 
when a bullet fired by a boy in a field passed 
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cape much too close for comfort. The young man, 
doins target practice, was located the following 
day and is now doing other kind of practice that 
win teach him that caboose windows are not in- 
tended for marks to shoot at. 

Dick Pfeflfcrlee, formerly telegrapher on this 
dirision, has resigned as cashier at New Ulm 
and gone witth the U. P. out West. Dick was 
always a prime favorite, and the best wishes of 
the boys will follow him wherever he may go. 

The revised slackers' list shows fewer names than 
the last one, and we hope the yellow card will 
soon disappear for want of ^mes to put on it. 
If the O. R. T. is a good thing for 97 per cent 
of the telegraphers, why is it not a good thing 
for 100 per cent? 

Bro. W. F. Swanson, formerly Springfield first, 
now with the signal corps at Louisville, in train- 
ug, was home on a five-day furlough for Christ- 
mas, says he can now copy twenty-five words per 
minute in the Continental code — fine progress for 
the time Bill has been learning. He looked healthy, 
bappy and fine in his uniform, and we hope to 
soon welcome him back safe and sound. 

Bro. Herzog, Minneota, has resigned to enter 
the service of the ''Soo Line." Our best wishes 
go with hinu 

Bros. Lampe and Niles have exchanged tricks 
at Tracy owing to illness in the family of the 

We are very thankful to the boys for their help 
on the news items. It is nearly impossible for 
one man to keep tab on all the changes. 
Dispatcher Billie Cutler, who has been on the 
tick list most of the month, was relieved by Bro. 
Jim Allen and Bro. Highlen, extra dispatcher. 

B. A. Leiand, one of the oldest engineers on 
the division, passed away at Winona the forepart 
of December after a lingering illness. Brace 
was very popular with the men and will be missed 
by a host of friends. He held many offices of 
trust in the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. , 

Dispatcher McLennaq, of the Winona force, 
who belongs to the Home Guards, called to St Paul 
for a few days in connection with the rCccnt 
«reet car strike, was relieved by Bro. Dan Car- 

The touch of real winter weather the first of 
December and the heavy holiday business, making 
trains late, added somewhat to the worries of the 
brothers handling the telegraph as well as the 
other employes. 

Max Hossfield, formerly agent at different points 
on this division, for the past few years with an 
electric Hue in Idaho, was called back home re- 
cently owing to the death of his brother, Charles, 
an engineer on this division. Max will be remem- 
bered by most of the boys on the division, who 
extend their sympathy and hope his next visit 
back among us will not be for such a sad purpose. 

Former Dispatcher R. M. Morse, of the Winona 
^orce, now with the Russian railway expedition, 
wrote recently from Honolulu, where they were 
Wng held pending political developments in Rus- 
«a, that they were being treated royally and en- 
joying themselves immensely in the fair land of 
Sowers and Hulu-Hulu maidens. 

Another poem from the pen of Bro. Elmer 
Johnson appears in the January number of the 
Railroad Man's Magaisine. If you want additional 
proof of his ability along those lines you should 
procure a copy and read it. 

The settlement made by our committee, of which 
more will be given in detail later, was very satis- 
factory indeed. 

In taking the annual inventory of our achieve- 
ments for the past year and laying our plans for 
1918, each telegrapher on this division should ask 
himself what he' has done for the Order, whether 
he has kept his dues paid up and lined up all the 
nons in his territory and done his bit at all times 
for the betterment of the Order. If you are satis- 
fied with what you have done during 1917, see that 
there is no letting up on this during 1918 and 
try to improve it, if possible. No one can say 
at this time what is ahead of us the coming year, 
but one slogan is going throughout the land today 
which sinks in deep and rings true, that is, "You 
must be 100 per cent American." Let us make 
that our watchword also, and say you must also be 
100 per cent. O. R. T. We can say without hesi- 
tation that 1917 has been the banner year not 
only for the O. R. T. in general, but for System 
Division 76 in particular. 

Wish you all a happy and prosperous New 
Year. D. J. M. 

East Iowa Division — 

Bro. A. J. Ward, third Fifth street yard, Clin- 
ton, off a few nights owing to vaccination, was 
relieved by Bro. White, from third "EC," relieved 
by leverman. 

Bro. Walters to operator "MH," succeeded as 
agent there by G. H. Meyers. 

Bro. Thersdahl relieved Bro. Haworth on vaca- 

Bro. A. W. Dickinson, Tama, off sick, relieved 
by Bro. Anderson. 

Bro. Dickinson has gone to Rochester, Minn., 
to undergo an operation for rheumatism. 

Assignments: Bro. Earl Leaton, operator "HP" 
yard, vice Bro. Dickinson, to third "D" Tama; 
Bro. L. H. Green, first operator "BN" yard, vice 
Bro. C. F. Toenings, to "BE" dispatcher's office 
second operator, vice Bro. Fromknecht, to Sioux 
City as train dispatcher; Bro. O. B. Anderson, 
third "BN" yard, vice Bro. Radcliffe; Bro. H. E. 
Woodruff, agent Norway, vice Bro. Eick, to agency 
Lisbon, vice Bro. O'Mera, gone to his farm at 
Petersville; C. C. Pontsler, agent Baldwin; Bro. 
R. F. Ferguerson to second "VN," vice Bro. 
O'Daniel; Bro. Letho to McVille, vice Bro. Con 
Beck, to chief clerk Cedar Rapids freight house 
at $125 per; Bro. Letho back to Luzerne on next 
bulletin, leaving McVille open for bids. 

Bro. Ben Dixon, agent Comanche, is now with 
the Postal at Clinton. 

Bro. J. E. Horn to "BN" second pending bul- 

Bros. Radcliffe and Watson, who enlisted in the 
Railway Telegraph Signal Corps, former as first 
class private, latter as sergeant, spent Christmas 
with their relatives. Bro. Radcliffe iu/^klahoma, 

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Bro. Watson in Minnesota, and left for France 
on January 1st. 

Bro. Anderson pn vacation, relieved by Bro. 

L. E. Duke agent Quarry, resigned for mili- 
tary duty, relieved by Earl Wolf. We have a 
number of tricks, especially third, filled "by men 
who can't telegraph owing to so many of our 
brothers enlisting, whom we all hope will safely 
return in the near future. 

A burglar attempting to open the safe at Fairfax, 
was surprised by Agent Bro. Snyder and cap- 
tured. Bro. Snyder recently lost his typewriter 
and has been waiting for a chance to get even. 

Everybody get in line and get in the few nous. 

I thank the brothers for the help given me on 
this write-up, and hope you will all keep up the 
good work. One man can not get all the news 
over the division, so let's have a little help from 
everybody. G. H. E., Cert. 2883, at "CF." 

Lake Shore Division — 

The meeting at_ Green Bay, November 17th, was 
well attended, taking into consideration the poor 
train service. Bro. Tiedke opened the meeting 
with the following other members present: Mar- 
tell, Heinig, WaMi Hudon, Armstrong, Van Roy, 
Dun lap, Halverson, Goldie, Houlette, Peterson, A. 
A. Markus. Sohre. Welland, Williams, Walsh, 
Mcllree, Drcngler, Barkman, Hanske, Geo. and 
W. W. Licsch, Kroehnke, Bruger and Larson. 

The recent settlements made by the C. R. I. & 
P., I. C. and C. M. & St. P. Rys. were gone over, 
and it certainly was gratifying to learn that they 
had made such splendid contracts. We also went 
over our own proposition, presented to our officials 
October 26th. 

I sincerely hope that some of our boys will 
contribute some news items, as there is no reason 
why we should not have a monthly write-up. Boys, 
do not leave everything to your local chairman. 
It is just as much the duty of every individual 
member as it is the chairman's to make things a 
success, so send in your notes and land the nons. 
F. W. TiEDKB, Local Chairman. 

Madison Division — 

Line up every non, and let us all pay our dues 
promptly this time. 

Bro. Odcll spent a few days on his farm, re- 
lieved by Bro. Jenks, and he by Bro. Tillema, help- 
ing out extra while waiting for Uncle Sam to call 
him to the colors. Mart Keefe to second Frieland. 
Bro. H. L. Lippolt to Butler fourth, relieved at 
Benton by Maddock, and he at Evansville by 
A. Smith, who relieved Bro. Jack Kucher, on a trip 
through the West. Miss IL V. Daylen, Wisconsin 
Division, to "BA" second, extra. Paul Muske to 
Evansville several nights, is now at Revertf on 
Minnesota Division. 

Bro. Hintz to side wire Adams, vice Art Sayles, 
who relieved Dispatcher Livcsey. 

Bro. Kronbcrg is now with the Great Northern, 
and Bro. M. Phenew is a full-fledged 'car knocker. 

Bro. Billy Frank makes tracks for Ablemans 
every Sunday to enjoy mother's Sunday dinner. 

Bro. J. W. Hibbard and bride, of Baraboo, took 
a trip through Minnesota on their honeymoon. 

Bro. Dave Smart, from "SJ," wrote from San 
Francisco that they left there November 18th for 
Russia on the same boat he went to Ireland on a 
few years ago. Russia couldn't have called on a 
better organizer at this time than Dave, and he 
will make it as solid as he did this line, if they 
give him any show at all. 

Hazel Green Jet. open again after a brief idle- 
ness due to lack of telegraphers. 

Couple of freshly shod, slippery young tempters 
made a raid on t|^ gum machine at Sullivan re- 
cently. War tax pennies are in great demand. 

Many thanks to Bros. S. and J. for the news. 
Do it again. Cbrt. 18. 

IVisconsin Division — 

We must give the Order our financial backing 
as well as our good will. Let the knocker say nn- 
kind things about the O. R. T., but the fact still 
remains that it is the guiding star leading and 
helping the poor down-trodden telegrapher to bet- 
ter things in this life. Keep after the new men, 
secure their certificate numbers, when paid to 
and on what road, so they can be transferred to 
our division, and line up all the nons; report all 
violations of the schedule to the local chairman 
promptly, so that action can be taken at once to 
have them stopped; also live up to our part of 
the contract. 

Remember that becoming delinquent and drop- 
ping out now is a losing transaction. Just be- 
cause we carry an up-to-date card we haven't 
fulfilled our duty, that is only a starter. See 
that all the men working in your office after at 
least two pay days, are lined up, and show them 
no favors until they join. Let us all give the 
best service possible, and this company then will 
have no excuse for not giving us the best salary. 

Greater efficiency will prevail among us if the 
standards of life and labor desired by the >work- 
ers are both established and maintained, and any 
lowering of these standards means a reduction in 
the productive capacity of the workers both indi- 
vidually and collectively. Labor unions arc trus- 
tess of the welfare and strength of the working 
men and women of this nation and of their 

Let us arrange with our local chairman to have 
a meeting, and everyone attend who can possibly 
do so. Find out what is going on along the line 
and get better acquainted. This will create a 
general good feeling among us, making our meet- 
ings so interesting that all will be glad to attend. 
and more anxious to arrange for regular meetings. 

Freight congestion on steam railroads in the 
Middle West, caused principally by the transpor- 
tation of war supplies, are to be partly relieved 
by through freight service on the electric roads 
of Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. Delivery is 
to be made in Chicago and St. Louis of 100 of 
the largest and best locomotives for use in re- 
lieving the freight congestion in the Pittsburg 
Districts. The moving of engines was called for 
by the railroads* war board, as a new develop- 
ment of the pooling plan^^ipder which all rail- 
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roads in the country are to be operated as one 
ireat systeni. Each engine of the 100 is capable 
of hanling 100 loaded freight cars at a time. 

The dennand for freight cars is greater today 
than ever before. Advising the shipping public 
where yoa can unload a car in the forenoon, so 
that some other shipper may load it in the after- 
noon» would be giving our company good service. 
Captain Sherwood says the key and sounder 
and buzzer will play a great role in the prosecu- 
tion of this war, and some . unusual opportunities 
arc offered to qualified, red-blooded operators who 
are anxious to do their part. 

Those who have not paid their dues should 
remit at once and protect their beneficiaries. Get 
yonr happy New Year card, as the division needs 
the money. 

Remember Bro. £. J. Thomas* advice in regard 
to important work for all of us to perform per- 
taining to the "slackers" who dwell in our midst 
reurding our individual progress. Make them 
show their cards or no favors. 

O. A. ^Glasscock, now on third, and J. Dugan 
on second Milwaukee line dispatcher, enlisted in 
a railway contingent for Russia, relieved by 
W. F. Holden, new line second trick dispatcher, 
relieved by Paul Gray, from **SJ." 

C. W. Bretzlopf, agent Hunting Ave., is with 
332d Machine Gun Battalion, Company B, Camp 
Grant. Rockford. 111. 
Bro. R. K. Canary is alone at *'NY" tower. 
L. G. Bergeron, third West Bend; Shorty Shore, 
second Highland Park; H. L. Hammdnd, second 
Lake Bluff tower; W. C. Lang, Gary agency; 
R- F. Pfieffer, Zton City; Bro. W. R. Fischenick, 
third operator dispatcher's office, are a few recent 

•About thirty-two telegraphers on this division 
wUl be called as drafted army men soon. 

Bro. W. P. Livenscy, third Lake Bluff, has re- 
turned from ten days' vacation. 
Bro. H. Repke is on second Lake Forest. 
Bro. E. E. Omer, agent at Willmette, has been 
appointed traveling freight agent, covering Galena 
and Southern lillnois Divisions, relieved by Bro. 
Mullen, from Hubbard Woods, pending bids. 

Bro. Moorehouse has received his questionaire 
from the Exemption Board. 

Thanks to Bros. Anboldt, Fischenick, Faussett, 
Oma and £. J. Thomas for notes this month. 
Brothers, send in some items occasionally. It 
takes but a few minutes. It is desirable that the 
Wisconsin Division be represented in The Teleg- 
uvntM each month, and it should not be neces- 
sary to have to make an appeal to you for the 
news. A. S. M., Div. Cor., 

Cert 1914, Glencoe, 111. 

Chicago Terminal District — 

It is not necessary to mention the kind of meet- 
ings we had on December 18th or who were there, 
as I believe every member in the Terminal at- 
tended either the morning or evening session and 
knows what transpired. 

A "service ^flag" will be placed in each tower, 
one in the regular meeting place and one in 511 

Webster Bldg., repiesenting the brothers from the 
Terminal District who are serving at the front. 

An interesting letter was read from Bro. Rice, 
who is in France. 

Bro. Cone distributed a calendar for '1918 in 
each tower in the Terminal, as a reminder that 
another year's dues are acceptable as well as 

The wife and daughter of Bro. Cheney, second* 
Lake St., went to Los Angeles to visit her mother, 
who fell and fractured one of her legs. 

Bro. Curtis, second Dcering, was elected secre- 
tary of the mornjng session to fill the unexpired 
term of Bro. John Byrne, who was assigned to 
first Clybourn. The Milwaukee Terminal was 
again represented by four of its loyal members. 

Bro. Cone worked one day, vice Bro. Reming- 
ton, first Canal Junction. 

Bro. Metz, third Canal Junction, lost four days 
on account of getting the chicken pox. 

We understand Bro. Harry Gladish went down- 
town a few days ago and purchased a small ward- 
robe. Good luck, Harry. 

Bro. Dixon has been "braking in" Bro. 
Michand, at Mobile St. second. 

Bro. Sibbons served thirty days on third 
Willmette. Div. Cor. 

Western Maryland Ry., Div. No. 82. 

Eastern Division — 

Bro. M. R. Huntzberry, third Hancock, relieved 
a few days by A. D. Rice, later relieving Bro. H. 
Breichbill, third Highfield, a couple of days; Bro. 

F. H. Rockwell, third Kirk, off a few days; Bro. 

G. H. Ogle, first Union Bridge, off several days, 
relieved by Bro. G. C. Angell, later relieved Bro. 
C. L. Angell on second; Bro. M. Flickinger, third 
Hanover, off sick, relieved by Mr. A. D. Rice; 
Bro. W. C. Dubbs on vacation. 

Bro. W. I. Rehner, agent Emmitsburg Jet, 
now has Sundays off. Now pretty weather is 
wanted and automobiling will be fine. 

Assignments: Bro. R. G. Morrison, first Kirk; 
W. N. Boyd, third Clearspring, temporary; W. S. 
Steffey, second Big Pool; F. Kuhn, third Big 
Pool; Bro. W. R. Berger, second Hancock; Bro. 
C. F. Ruth, first Highfield, temporary; A. A. 
Fisher, second, and Bro. G. N. Holtr, third Se- 
curity, and H. R. Robinson, first Wingerton, tem- 

Repairs to P. B. & W. tunnels have been made, 
and our trains for Union and Hillen stations are 
now going through them instead via Green Spring 

Trains Nos. 2 and 3, running between Balti- 
more and Pittsburg have entirely new all-steel 
equipment. These cars are the latest product of 
the Pullman Company, and have every conven- 
ience for the comfort of the traveler, including 
electric lights, electric fans and sanitary ice- 
cooled drinking water system. 

New members: W. C. Shindledecker, C. E. 
Marker, E. L. Myers, E. C. Gilbert, P. W. 
Reisner, W. S. Shamer, S. A. Bosley and Samuel 
Rogers. Some good work. ^^ 

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It would be a good idea for agents to forward 
to their local chainnen copies of their comparative 
statement of business for three successive months 
twice a year ahd for operators to mail a written 
statement of their work for three successive 
months, carry this work out for one or two suc- 
cessive years. This would be good information 
and a good record to have. Be sure to give true 

It necessitates assessing each and every mem- 
ber $3 for the purpose of carrying out the confer- 
ence with the railway management for our next 
revised schedule. The step up we jvant to make will 
put us where we ought to be — right in line with 
roads running transverse or parallel with us. Our 
present conditions are miserable — a steady grind 
day after day and no relief, simply because we 
lay under these conditions; even do not get re- 
lieved any more, because operators go to better 
paid roads. Are you going to remain slave or 
are you going to take advantage of this good 
opportunity and be a free man? Be punctual in 
paying this assessment, as it will mean dollars 
rolling into your pockets monthly to help the high 
cost of living. 

A man with years of seniority to his credit and 
not a member of the organization is disloyal to 
his fellow workmen and his dear ones at home. 
We pay his expenses and he lets good and honest 
men do the work accepting without hesitation the 
benefits we secure. 

Straight seniority wisely endorsed by our gen- 
eral committee again, not only protects the men, 
but it builds up a division. When a position is 
abolished or a reduction of force is made, the last 
man affected is practically an extra man and can 
endure the hardships better in his younger life 
than when he gets older. It is no fault of the 
employes that these cuts are made by the com- 
pany, and straight seniority more conveniently 
places affected parties with no suffering, prevents 
men from dropping out of the service, and is a 
protection that can be looked forward to by all. 
Let a man use all the seniority he has. Don't tie 
it down to a certain extent; it won't work. 

The non problem is a hard one. I sometimes 
think we are just a little too mild in our dealings 
with a certain portion of them. No doubt all but 
a very limited number could join. Those who 
could Join and don't should have very little good- 
will extended to them. Those not really in a posi- 
tion to join can be excused. 

Prosperous divisions pay semi-annual dues of 
$6 to $7; so we must not mind assessments, and 
always be loyal to our organization throughout all 
proceedings. Div. Coa., Cert 94. 

Texas A Pacific Ry., Div. No. 88. 

Eastern Division — 

General Chairman Abney has just returned from 
a trip to Chicago, where he attended a meeting of 
the general chairmen of the lines covered by the 
Wells-Fargo Express Co., whom he advises per- 
fected an organization and drew up an agreement 
to be presented to the Fargo management, which. 

if secured, will give to our agents improved condi- 
tions in the express business. 

We note in a letter from our general chairman 
to the membership that our committee contemplates 
in the near future asking the management of the 
railroad for a conference to discuss a reTision 
of our agreement, which we are pleased to learn. 
I am much pleased with the information that a 
good number of those who were delinquent with 
their special assessment are paying up, thereby 
placing our division in a position to handle mat- 
ters promptly. 

Greater things may be expected only when each 
member throws himself into the work and acts as 
a unit of a great body, making special effort to 
eliminate every non and pay dues without delay. 

Changes have come so rapidly within the past 
month or two that it has been impossible to keep 
up with those on our division. 

We welcome Bro. C W. Johns back to Queen 
City agency after three months' illness. Bro. 
G. H. Riddle, who relieved him, bid in Lawrence 

Bro. W. L. Johnson is now acting agent Atlanta 
pending assignment by the superintendent's office, 
relieved on first there by Chas. D. Woods, re- 
lieved on second by Bro. H. A. Page. A. B. 
Stealy is at Kildare nights pending assignment. 
Bro. O. C. Allen, assigned Hawkins agency, is 
being relieved ninety days, on accotint of ill- 
health, by Bro. A. L. Barbier, whom we are 
pleased to have with us after several months in 
training for naval service. 

Sister Kerrell, on sick list, was relieved by her 
daughter. Miss Mabel, now on second Woodlawn. 

Bro. J. P. Abney was relieved on second Long- 
view Jet. by Bro. C. R. Tucker, late of Halls- 
ville third. Bro. J. R. Henderson bid in seoond 
split Longview Jet, and Bro. G. B. Huey, from 
Fair Grounds first, is now on third there. Bro. 
B. B. Campbell, firsi split Longview Jet, con- 
templates trying out switching in Longview Jet 
yard. We wish this nervy brother a world of 
success in his new vocation. 

Bro. L. R. Anderson, from Paris, Ft Worth 
Division, is now in *'AF** Marshall. 

It is said that Bro. M. C. Hunt, third "AF" 
Marshall, contemplates moving out to Hoard, on 
the "block." We have heard that this brother 
was not afraid to work, but now we are inclined 
to doubt it. 

Let someone on each sub portion of our division 
send in notes to Bro. Abney, at Longview, before 
the 18th of the month, so that we may have a 
good line-up in each Telbgrapher. 

Ceet. 371. 

Fort Worth Diinsion, West of Fort Worth — 

The editor and manager, Bro. Rawlins, is to 
be highly commended for the Christmas number 
of TuE Telegrapher. It was cerUinly a master- 
piece of editorial ability. 

We are glad to see all the divisions represented 
once more with a write-up. We should strive to 
keep this up, as it undoubtedly increases inter- 
est among the members. Bro. A. £«. Rushing, 
Tioga, has kindly offered to act as correspondent 

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cast of Ft Worth, and will appreciate any news 
items sent him. • 

Assignments: Bro. Tom Rawls to Benbrook, 
vice C F. Thompson, to Putnam agency; Bro. 
Harris to "GO" Dallas, relieved on third Cisco 
by Bro. Moore, and he on second there by Bro. 
Smith, a 'TCaty** striker; Bro. Mcintosh to Ranger 
first; second Putnam, Eastland and Mingus to 
Bros. Wingo, O. T, and E K. Thornton, re- 

Bro. Joe Marshall is back on third Eastland 
after two months* leave, visiting his brother, Bro. 
Carl Marshall, in the aviation corps at Buffalo 
and spending some time in the ''Windy City," in 
Buffalo and other northern points. 

Bro. Will Cox is back from the hospital and 
will soon be able to resume his duties on first 
Hingus, where he was relieved by Mr. McCulloch, 
who later relieved Bro. Bradford, at Santo, and 
Bro. Bently, Mingus. 

Many thanks to Bro. Bently for the items. 
Wish more would adopt the habit. 

Weekly reporU from G. S. & T. indicate that 
there is still considerable delay in renewing and 
paying special assessments. Brothers, please wake 
up and pay up, as the assessments are for reim- 
bursing the committee who were put to personal 
loss securing the last contract. They are con- 
siderably past due, that is still more reason why 
they should be paid. 

The old year, with all we have done or not 
done, is now a matter of history, something we 
can not undo; therefore let us try our best to 
live up to our new resolutions for 1918, profiting 
by the mistakes of 1917. W. A. C. 

Ric Grande Division — 

I wish each member to get his November 
TBLBcntAPHBR, tufu to page 1707, read, study and 
6gure out the report of C. R. I. & P. general 
committee, and when through hand or send it to 
the "non" nearest you. 

Bro. Marshall assigned Toyah second; Baird and 
latan stations on bulletin, Bro. Adams relieving at 
former; Bro. Rowley to Pecos agency, vice Bro. 
Lewis to Ft. Worth Division, Ralph transferred. 
Working five men at Baird on account of heavy 
bosiness. Mason, 6 a. m. to 2 p. m.; Pittman, 
2 p. m. to 10 p. m. Later Mason to El Paso, re- 
lieved by Ehler, a new man. It's now Bro. Mills, 
at Baird, and Bro. AUyn, at Eskota. We welcome 
the brothers to our midst, 

Bro. Rowley, agent Pecos, and Bro. Ellis, third 
Colorado, were off several days on account of ill- 

Bro. Morgan, third Midland, transferred to 
Fort Worth Division. 

Let's start the new year solid. Boys, remit your 
dues and premium on your policy promptly. The 
future holds good things for all of us, if we will 
all do our part. Don't wait on the "other fel- 
low," but if you know of some news send it to 
your local chairman before the 18th of the month, 
so he can get it to St Louis before the 25th. 

Clyde now all night office; Pitzer on second, 
and Chenault. from Santa Fe, on third. Later 
Pitzer relieved Ralph at latan, called to Sulphur 

Springs on account of illness in his family, and 
Chenault 'relieved Jones, ^hird Abilene, who bid 
in second Sweetwater, and was called to Bisbee 
on account of the serious illness of his mother. 
Clyde third being closed, no relief man being 

Smith, a new man, is relieving on third Abilene. 

Eskota is now an all night office, second filled 
by Beard, a new man from the W. U., Dallas. 

Dispatcher Percy, third west end. Big Springs, 
transferred to Ft. Worth, relieved by Bro. Robin- 
son, from Colorado, relieved by Cobb, a new man. 

Bro. Dashiell spent Thanksgiving with home 
folks at Roscoe, relieved by Smith. 

Bro. Morgan relieving on second at Midland, 
relieved on third by Sanders, from Santa Fe. 

Cert. 82. 

Illinois Central R. R., Div. No. 93. 

Tennesset Division-^ 

A very nice meeting was held on Saturday. 
December 15th, in the Director's Room of the 
First National Bank, Fulton, Ky., and considering 
the very bad weather a very good cfowd was 
in attendance. 

Local Chairman Cosgrove had charge, and after 
going over a number of matters relating to local 
conditions, General Chairman Mulhall took the 
floor and in a very able way gave a full account 
of the recent schedule negotiations and how the 
settlement was finally arrived at through the 
Federal Mediation Board. All present praised the 
work of the general committee, pronouncing the 
settlement the best ever made on this or any other 
railroad in this vicinity. We are commencing to 
enjoy the things that are ours by right. 

The "Seven Wonders of the Ancient World" 
were: The Pyramids of Egypt, Pharos of Alex- 
andria, Walls and Hanging Gardens of Babylon, 
Temple of Diana at Ephesus, Statue of the 
Olympian Jupiter, Mausoleum of Artemisia and 
Colossus of Rhodes, but is there anything, more 
wonderful than what the Order of Railroad Teleg- 
raphers has built up and accomplished within the 
last — say ten years? And still there is a great 
work ahead to be done. 

The world is turning a critical corner. Mighty 

things are doing. Civilization is in the awful 

thros of rebirth and this stupendous upheaval will 

N in all probability viuUy change our lives and 

the lives of every living man and woman about us. 

We must keep organized and be prepared. Some 
of the most startling and tragic events of the 
world wide war now going on has been the sac- 
rifices of unprepared armies and unequipped 
soldiers. Armies have been victimized by in- 
trigue and treachery. Guns have been sent to the 
front without ammunition, and ammunition with- 
out guns. Supplies were provided, that when 
unpacked proved to be rubbish. Left stranded 
by communications that broke down under slight 
pressure, the brave soldiers were hurled them- 
selves again and again against foes perfectly pre- 

Every member should keep himself in good 

standing at all times, and use ev|»y honorable 

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means to bring the very few who do not belong 
into the organization, so that we will be always 
prepared to do things which arc of vital im- 
portance to all of us and when the opportune 
time comes, we will then be in a position to 
strive for something new. 

The things that haven't been done before, 

Those are the things to try, 
Columbus dreamed of an unknown shore 

At the rim of the far-flung sky, 
And his heart was bold and his faith was strong 

As he ventured with danger new, 
.'Vnd he paid no heed to the jeering throng 

Or the fears of a doubting crew. 

The man may follow the beaten track 

With guide posts on the way, 
They "live and have lived for ages back 

With a chart for every day. 
Some one has told them it's safe to go 

On the road he has traveled e'er 
And all that they ever strive to know 

Are the things that were known before. 

The few strike out without map or chart 

Where never a man has been; 
From the beaten paths they draw apart 

To see what no man has seen. 
There are deeds they long alone to do, 

Though battered and bruised and sore. 
They blaze the path for the many who 

Do nothing not done before. 

The things that haven't been done before 

Arc the tasks worth while to do; 
.Are you one of the flock that follows, or 

Are you one that shall lead the way? 
Are you one of the timid souls that quail 

At the jeers of a doubting crew? 
Or dare you, whether you win or fail, 

Strike out for a goal that's new? 

Cert. 332. 

Louisiana Division — 

Owing to our correspondent being situated in a 
very busy office, one which suffered a reduction in 
force, which made business flushing, our little 
write-up has been overlooked entirely, and this neg- 
ligence was noticed by a number of our up-to-date 
members. The full force now being back, we will 
endeavor to have our division regularly represented. 
In order to do this we must all take more inter- 
est in this matter, and drop our division corre- 
spondent notes of changes, etc., at the various 
stations in time, so he can arrange and get them 
to St. Louis before the 25th of the month, and 
make a nice showing from the *Flower" Division. 

We still have a few nons among us, seemingly- 
blind to the many concessions they are enjoying 
secured by the O. R. T. Failing to show their 
manhood, we should remember that **No card, no 
favors" always works wonders in awakening this 
class of slackers, and use it to the limit. 

We are very much elated over our new schedule; 
the wage scale became effective October 16th, and 
the rules November 16th, as it is the greatest 
victory of all our past endeavors. Notwithstand- 

ing the increase in salary and the valuable new 
rules, the hours have been reduced on this divi- 
sion something near forty -five on the day, mean- 
ing quite an improvement in a month's run. 

We must now put forth our best efforts to show 
both our committee and the company that we are 
worthy of every concession that has been granted 

We regret the loss of Bro. Ed. Bordages, who 
came to us in 1905 and soon landed a sign in the 
New Orleans office, where he remained during his 
stay with us, with the exception a few months 
spent in "JD" office. All personal or wire ac- 
quaintances 'always received a square deal from 
old "BO," and learned to love him. With his 
kindly disposition he will make good anywhere 
and among any people. We wish him success a..d 
regret exceedingly that he can not be with us 

Assignments: Rheams to first, Bro. Myers to 
second, and Bro. Holt to third, newly created 
positions at Orleans Junction, following the abo- 
lition of Kenner Junction. The additional duties 
made by this change caused Bros. Cranberry and 
Haydel to choose the extra list. Bro. Akers to 
third Gwin; Bro. Wade to Milcston nights; Bro. 
White to restored "JD," and Bro. Wilson to re- 
stored "MO" positions, latter succeeded on third 
"MO" by Bro. Ellzey. succeeded at Yazoo City 
ticket office by Bro. Foard, succeeded by Bro. 
Bennet on third "FD;" Bro. Holliday to fourth 
"MO;" Bro. Boddie to third Canton, succeeded on 
first Harahan Jet. by Bro. Adis, and he on second 
"FD" by Bro. Cooper; Bro. Wilson to message 
trick in "BD;" Bro. Cranberry to third Harahan 
Jet.; second there and at Harahan Jet. and third 
"BD" on bulletin . 

Yazoo District, Cynthia, Forlorn, Tinsley, Eden 
and Mileston nights abolished. Flora, Anding 
and Bee Lake operated continuously as telegraph 
offices, all tricks now pending bulletin. 

Kindly address all mail for Local Chairman 
Foard to the ticket office at Yazoo City. 

Cert. 1239. 

IVisconsin Division — 

Our committee was able to bring our new 
schedule to a finish without a special assessment or 
raising our dues, and Division No. 93 bought a 
$1000 Liberty Bond, and still has several thou- 
sand dollars in the treasury, which shows that the 
entire proceedings were handled in a business- 
like manner. 

The establishing of a 26-workday month was a 
big step in the right direction. The ten-hour day 
(including meal hour) was made universal, and 
many other concessions in the rules, with a cash 
increase of $9.75 a man per month. We now have 
as good if not the best schedule in the U. S. A. 
and a shortage of men. If any good O. R- *^- 
man wants a job, let him come this way. 

Each man should make a special effort to pay 
bis current-term dues and know his- neighbor (Jet 
it be in his own office or at the next stat: h^s 
done likewise. We must stay organised to make 
more headway and hold what we already have. 
There is no reason why we should have a non or 

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delinquent on this entire system, and if each 
member will do his duty, we won't have any — not 
long, anyway. 

Local Chairman Kelly called a meeting in Free- 
port on December 8th, attended by fifteen, not- 
withstanding the bad weather. General Chairman 
Mnlhall went into details of the new schedule and 
made each paragraph dear. Many had their atten- 
tion called to some point which they had not 
noticed which meant money to them, so they were 
well repaid for braving the blizzard. 

Future meetings will be held on Saturday nights, 
permitting more to attend, as a large number now 
hare no assigned Sunday hours and can take all 
day Sunday to get home — if needs be. 

We are glad to learn that Bro. * Nolf has re- 
smned work after three or four months' lay-off 
on account of poor health. 

Bro. Schilt and family visited in Central Illinois, 
relieved by Bro. Cor win. 

Newton, tht only non on the I. C in the State 
of Wisconsin, has resigned, and Madison is up for 

E. Hinrichs, chief clerk to Chief 'Dispatcher 
Richards, has an up to date. Sitting in the chiers 
office all these years, he has noticed what the 
0. R. T. has done for the telegrapher, and he's 
"for it," He is now ''hitting the extra list." 

Bro. Taylor is now at Harvard University, in 
the radio corps, completing his wireless education. 
Bro. Ritz, of Haldane, withdrew his bid on the 
vacancy, being unable to secure a house in Minonk, 
and It was awarded to Bro. H. Hinrichs. 

Bro. Leith, of Dixon, had the misfortune to 
have his auto burned up in a garage fire there. 
With his Sunday overtime and the new raise he 
can soon replace it. 

Bro. Olson is back at La Salle after several 
weeks' extra dispatching, Bro. Gilman taking sec- 
ond again; McDowell, a new brother, breaking in 
on third to relieve Bro. Bechly, who joins the 
signal corps. Quite a number of our boys are 
now in Uncle Sam's service, and more will fol- 
low; Bros. Bradshaw and Sibley, at Camp Grant; 
Taylor, at Cambridge, Mass.; Huisinga, with the 
railway engineers, ''somewhere in France;" 
Foucht, at Camp Kelly; Cox with the signal corps 
in South Carolina, and Devaney, at Camp Dodge. 
Division No. 93 takes care of the dues of any 
member who enters the military or naval service 
in time of war. Don't forget these brothers; 
drop them a cheery line now and then and occa- 
sionally a few smokes, etc. *Twill be appreciated. 

We regret to chronicle the death of Bro. Haynes' 
mother, of Wenona, who was buried at El Paso. 
We extend him our sympathy. 

We note that the "official list" of the First 
National Bank at Minonk shows Bro. Aufdenspring 
as president Congratulations. Telegraphers will 
come into their own. 

Drop down to Kappa and visit with Bro. Hop- 
kins a fewi4}ays. You will go home feeling like 
a new man. He has some (real) rabbit and fish 
stories that will do you good, and will give you 
a sample to take home. 

It is rumored that some of the good O. R. T. 
brothers on the north end lost some change when 
Barber Bros.' private bank at Polo failed. Years 
ago bank failures never affected telegraphers, but 
times have changed. 

We are glad to learn that Bro. Schlaf, of Rock- 
ford, is rapidly improving. For several days he 
was dangerously ill with double pneumonia. 

Business is so heavy at Rockford on account 
of Camp Grant that one can scarcely keep track 
of the men. Bros. Wheeless, Hart, Roberts, 
Atkinson and Urna are there at present. * Re- 
ceipts of the ticket office alone have run up from 
around the $20,000 mark to three times that, and 
they are now working five men in the office in- 
stead of two and three. 

Johnny Funk, one of our old-time members, 
who quit telegraphing to go braking, has been 
working extra around Freeport lately, as his health 
would not permit him to continue the road work. 
We welcome him any old time. 

Bro. Bradley, of Broadview, has gone to Phoenix, 
Ariz., and entered other fields. 

Bro. Crawford, of Genoa, has asked for six 
months* leave, and the position is bulletined. It's 
pretty hard now to pick up a competent man to 
handle a position like Genoa. 

Bro. Sibley, of Camp Grant, has been promoted 
to corporal. He will make good in any position 
Uncle Sam sees fit to assign him. 

Since the telegraphers received their increase 
the dispatchers have also been granted a $10 raise — 
an echo from our committee work. If the dis- 
patchers were in our organization they would enjoy 
even more of the benefits, such as overtime for 
Sunday, etc. 

A hint to the wise is sufficient Do it now, 

The above also applies to the large agencies. 
The "official" feeling they have simply works 
against them. Wake up, boys; you are tearing 
the sheets. "Wakdielust." 

Iowa Division — 

An interesting meeting called by Bro. W. R. 
Foster, local chairman, Williams, Iowa, was held 
December 1st in the Commercial Club Rooms at 
the Wahkonsa Hotel. Fort Dodge, Iowa, for the 
purpose of discussing the new schedule, which our 
committee secured after many months of hard and 
untiring efforts. Other matters of general interest 
pertaining to the Order were also discussed. 

Superintendent T. H. Sullivan, of this division, 
from Ft. Dodge, honored us by his presence and 
gave a very interesting talk, congratulating the 
members in securing such a substantial increase 
in salary. Bro. J. M. Holland, of Dunlap, ex- 
pressed the opinion and sentiment of the members, 
both present and absent, in thanking the general 
committee for its efforts in securing such a satis- 
factory settlement. 

The use of the club rooms was secured through 
the courtesy of Mr. R. O. Green, secretaFy>of^the^ 
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Fort Dodge Commercial Club, to whom Bro. Foster 
sent the following letter of thanks: 

* "Williams, Iowa, Dec. 6, 1917. 
"Secretary Commercial Club, 

"Ft, Dodge, Iowa. 
"Dear Mr. Green: 

"I take this opportunity to thank you in behalf 
of the Local Division of Railroad Telegraphers, 
No. 93, of which I am local chairman, for your 
courtesy in throwing open your committee rooms 
for our use at the time of our meeting, Decem- 
ber '1, 1917. 

"Will you permit me to personally say to you 
that this kindness was appreciated by our member- 
ship, who desire me to inform you that if there 
ever comes a time when we, individually or col- 
lectively, can be of service to you or your club, 
you have but to command us. 

"Again permit me to extend our thanks for 
your kindness. Yours truly, 

(Signed) "W. R. Foster, L. C." 

Those present at the meeting not previously 
mentioned were: F. B. Sudmeyer and L. L. 
Jones, Lemars; W. H. Diesner, Marcus; C. L. 
Mitchell and R. N. Sherrill, Ft. Dodge; J. W. 
Sayre, Blairsburg; R. F. Wightman, Duncombe; 
O. J. Judd, Dow City; J. T. Williams, Correction- 
ville; C. D. Calhoun, Parkersburg; W. J. Kearney, 
Remscn; A. K. Stivers, Alta; E. Recknagel and 
P. L. Rowen, Fonda; F. G. Warner, George; 
J. J. Little, Primghar; H. J. Warm, Calumet; 
N. S. Libby, Rock Rapids; T. J. Cochran, Rich- 
ards; F. J. Spinharney, Bamum; C. H. Smith, 
Merrill; W. A. Shoemaker, Larrabee; E. G. Voss 
and G. B. Litchkcy, Rockwell City; J. A. Dunn, 
Gypsum; N. O. Nelson, Archer; F. S. Prater, 
Webster City; C. W. Stoker,' Matlock; M. Weber, 
Washta; E. O. Richardson, Knierim; C N. 
Thwing, Logan; H. G. Livingston, Meriden; J. W. 
Smith, Quimby; J. M. Holland, Dunlap; C. M. 
Reeves, Austinville, and O. E. Johnson, Manson. 

Assignments: Bro. C. L. Burgess, Merrill, 
Iowa, to second Manson tower; Bro. W. W. 
Hollingsworth, extra, to third Rockwell City tower 
pending bulletin; Bro. Pat Steinbaur to third 
Webster City; Bro. H. A. Love, Hills, Minn., to 
Oyens, relieved by Bro. Dix pending bulletin; 
Bro. Sumna to Hinlon, vice Eaton; Bro. G. F. 
Dise, of Rowena, to second Manson tower; Bro. 
F. S. Buzetti to third Fonda, leaving Macy on 
bulletin, vice Bro. McDonald, relieving pendiog 
bids; Bro. J. E. Saxon to third Cedar Falls, vice 
Bro. S. West, to second Storm Lake; Bro. R. N. 
Sherrill to third "G" Ft. Dodge, vice Bro. Berry, 
resigned; Bro. Doll to Hinton a few days; Bro. 
L. W. Kuhl to second Webster City, leaving third 
Manson tower on bulletin; Bro. J. C Burton is 
now with the U. P. 

Bro. Mitchell, of "A," was called to Webster 
City recently by the company on a criminal case. 

Bro. Tidsworth, Cleghorn, was recently married. 

Bro. Eaton has enlisted in the signal corps. 
Having been in the service seven years, he was 
granted a commission as first lieutenant. We all 
wish him a safe return. 

Dispatcher Geyer, Cherokee, was relieved by 
Bro. Blackledge for Thanksgiving. 

Bro. H. R. Akeson copied cars for a few days. 

Boys, when you notice any changes, please make 
a note of them and mail them to me in time so 
I can get them to St. Louis before the 25th of the 
month. I wish to thank Bro. Burgess for the 
many notes he sent me. Keep after the nons, 
boys; keep after the nons. Cert. 2958. 

Chicago Great Western Ry., Div. No. 96. 

Southern Division — 

Brothers, you should be prompt in paying this 
term's dues. It is with them that the committee 
will have to be sent in for another revision, as our 
time will be up before the next term becomes due. 

Let every one become an organized and do his 
bit to get a solid line up before sending your 
committee in, as it is the brothers at home who 
back it up. Several of our brothers working with 
nons should keep after them and do everything 
possible to line them up. 

Now, brothers, don't pass this up, but get busy, 
so we can'secuxt better working conditions, which 
will include overtime for all Sundays and holi- 
days, the same as other lines are getting. Don't 
leave it all to your chairmen, as they can't find 
all the nons; they all work a job the same as 
you . do. Make the first term of 1918 a record 

We are glad to sec Bro. W. D, Watson, former 
agent, back from a visit to his mother and father 
in Arkansas. He is now on third Diagonal. * 

Bro. Miller, who was at Parnell so long, has 
resigned. We are sorry to lose such a good 

We are glad to see Bro. Harkness back on 
third "RO" Kansas City, after he and his entire 
family being quarantined with smallpox. He says 
it's worse than being in jail. He was relieved by 
Bro. F. C. Williams. 

Bro. McCuUough, at "SF," is being relieved by 
Bro. M. J. Collins. 

Bro. G. M. Green, from Frisco, is on third 

First Vice-President Brown paid Bro. Coleman 
a visit on business matters the early part of 

Telegraphers are very scarce, several offices be- 
ing closed on account of the shortage of men. 

Dispatcher F. C Bakie was relieved by Chief 
Dispatcher W. G. Hunter one day recently on 
account of a bad cold. W. G. H. seemed to have 
a grouch that day, even though he didn't have 
much to say. 

Bro. Walter King is back at "FB," after reliev- 
ing at "SX" several months. 

Bro. S. E. Raber, while attending the funeral 
of his brother-in-law, was relieved a few days 
by Mrs. Yonkers, and she by Mr. Whitechurch, 
who is in business at Savannah. 

Brothers, when you hear of any changes or 
news items mail them tq Bro. S. J. Walker, 
freight office, St. Joe, or to General Chairman 
A. L. Coleman. Send in a few items each month 
so that our division may be represented. 

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Bro. Losk bid in Rea agency, and Bro. Morris, 
second, yice Lewis, a new man, there pending 
bulletin. Line him up, boys, and everyboay keep 
after the few other nons on the division. Remem- 
ber, "No card, no favors,** and pay your dues 
promptly, so we can get into action without any 

Thanks to Bro. J. A. Smith, third Savannah, for 

Bro. W. W. Henry, Dearborn, who was relieved 
a few days by a new man, has his application 
Cb«t. 43. 

Bro. Harkness and family desire to express 
their gratitude and sincere appreciation of the aid 
and assistance rendered them by operators and 
others on the Southern Division, because of their 
recent illness. A. L. Coleman, C C. 

Ulster & Delaware R. R., Div. No. 113. 

Happy New Year to all. Our motto this year is, 
"Solid O. R. T. in 1918." 

J. P. Elmendorf resigned agency Phoenicia be- 
cause no leave of absence would be granted him 
to go South for the winter. Considering the 
wages and the high cost of living and the cost of 
coal, 'tis much cheaper to live on in the South in 
the winter time. Bros. Ecker and Merrihew are 
at Phoenicia and Mt. Pleasant until positions 
bid in. 

Bro. Grover Hedges left just before Christmas, 
going South for the winter on account of his 
health. We hope he will return in good health. 

J. C Mould, the oldest agent on the roster, 
has been pensioned. His position as agent at 
Rondout should be posted. His son, Irvin Mould, 
who once was agent at Roxbury, died in Rochester 
recently, where he was employed by the Western 
Union Tel. Co. 

Bro. Jim Joyce, Cold Brook, is all smiles be- 
cause of a Christmas present of a fine boy. 

Bro. Winchell, who recently bid in first Oneonta, 
has bid in "SN" agency. 

On account of Bro. Hedges going South, 1 will 
look after the write-up each month, provided I 
can get the news. If you hear of any brother 
getting married or losing $10,000 dollars, write 
me all the particulars. 

Remember, if you want a write-up each month, 
I must have the news. 

In union there is strength, but in co-operation 
there is much more strength. This has proven 
true on the D. & H., the N. Y. Central Lines, 
the N. Y., N. H. & H. and also on the U. & D. 

Our engineers, firemen, conductors, trainmen 
and agents and telegraphers in this co-operating 
movement each received 7J^ per cent increase. 
The $5 increase for each agent and telegrapher is 
just the manner in which we desired our increase 
distributed. We certainly are all deserving of 
this small increase during these hard times, and 
it is gratifying that we all share alike. We 
heartily thank our committee for the good work 
it performed under the existing conditions on the 
U. & D. P. D. L., Cert. 4. 

''8oo Line" Ry., DIv. No. 119. 

The following is self-explanatory: 

"2921 Chicago Ave., 
"Minneapolis^ Minn., December 24, 1917. 
**Mk. H. B. Pbkham, President, 
"St. Louis, Mo.: 

"Dba« Sia AND Bac— It is with pleasure that I 
am able to advise you that we have this date 
reached a settlement with the management in 
regard to the revision of our schedule. The wage 
scale to become effective as of December 1, the 
rules January 1, 1918. 

"Our proposition as presented requested an 
eight-hour day for all employes. We secured ten 
consecutive hours, with a meal hour, for all one- 
man positions; nine consecutive hours, with a meal 
hour, for all two-men positions; eight consecutive 
hours for three or more trick positions. This is an 
eight-hour day for all positions except the one-man 
positions, which is nine hours actual service for a 
day's work. 

"We requested all Sunday work as overtime. 
We secured this based on a twenty-six-day month. 
Sunday hours to be assigned within the spread of 
the week day hours, and not subject to temporary, 
changes, with a minimum of one hour for each 
time the men report. If no Sunday hours are 
assigned they do not have to report on Sundays, 
and if called to the office, they are entitled to a 
call of 50 cents. After working their assigned 
Sunday hours they can be held longer if necessary 
on a pro rata basis, but if excused after working 
their assigned Sunday hours and called again they 
are entitled to a call of 50 cents. 

"We requested a vacation rule. We were 
offered the vacation rule granted the Rock Island 
by arbitration. The committee rejected this and 
traded it for more money, and we secured no 
vacation rule. This is all the changes in the rules 
that we requested in our original proposition. 

"We requested an increase over the present rates 
of pay of 20 per cent. We secured a small frac- 
tion over 17 per cent. The basis of the settlement 
was $12 per month for each position, to be dis- 
tributed as mutually agreed upon, which enabled 
us to give every position a minimum increase of 
$10 per month and a maximum of $16. 

"Our negotiations were started on November 
21st, and concluded December 24th. The negotia- 
tions were handled entirely by the committee, 
without the assistance of a Grand Officer. 

"Wishing you a merry Christmas and a happy 
New Year, I remain, 

"Yours fraternally, 
"G. W. Lewis, General Chairman." 

W. and P. Division — 

The following brothers attended the meeting 
held in Minneapolis, Sunday, December 16th, go- 
ing on No. 7 and back on No. 8: Wm. Schultz, 
North Crandon; F. W. Louks, Hawkins; W. H. 
Bates and Wm. Simpson, Weyerhauser; E. Smith, 
Baroon; F. R. Devine, Amery; V. W. Packard, 
Canton, and Hanson, from the Fifth District. 

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There may have been others, but we did not 
know if from this district or not. 

Every one was well pleased when our committee 
announced that it had come to an agreement with 
the management the evening before. The 17 
per cent and all Sunday work overtime, looked 
good to us. 

We listened to a number of good short talks 
that were right to the point, especially those of 
General Chairman Lewis. Two members of the 
striking street car men addressed our meeting 
and presented their side of the disagreement with 
the company. A collection was taken for the 
benefit of their families, and the money presented 
to them in the name of Order. 

Members from the First District, who could 
have been there with very little effort on their 
part, missed a good meeting. 

Bro. Demeres went to Tony agency, relieved 
at Amery by Bro. Devine. 

Bro. Good, who drew Shoceham second, is now 
on Rhinelander third, wating a call from Uncle 
Sam, having enlisted in the signal corps. We 
hope for his safe return. 

The last news from Bro. Harry Anderson, he 
was on board a transport bound for France, and 
Bro. R. Emerson at Camp McArthur, Waco, 
Tex. Nothing lately from Bro. Fogert. 

Brothers, send me a few notes. Remember our 
slogan, "No card, no favors," and get the nons in 
line. It may soon cost $5 more to join, so get in 
line and stay there. W. H. B. 

Mo. River Division Notes — 

New members: H. F. Matson, Ryder; W. H. 
Gabel, Cogswell; E. E. Ayers, Burnstad; Marie 
Ehlers, Douglas; R. B. White, Herried. Only 
two nons now; 98 per cent solid; fine work from 

On account of the lack of men, it is impossible 
to take a vacation. 

Assignments: Bro. Harrison to Venturis agency, 
vice Bro. Bailey, to Kintyre, vice Bro. Grabel, 
to Cogswell agency, vice Bro. Massengill, cashier 
Oakes, transferring agents. 

Third Trick Dispatcher C. H. Boyle, only mar- 
ried six months, lost his wife after a severe ill- 
ness. He has the sympathy of all. Interment 
took place Sunday, December 23d, at Jamestown, 
N. D., where she was a school teacher and had 
lived for several years. Mr. Boyle was a dis- 
patcher on the N. P. there before coming to the 
**Soo Line" last spring. 

In the next issue will give a full report of the 
flower fund donations. Please let me hear when 
any member of the O. R. T. or any of his family 
is sick, and we will arrange to send flowers, which 
will be greatly appreciated, I feel sure. The re- 
sponse from all for this fund was fine and Will 
go towards cheering a good many. 
• Bro. Peterson, Garrison, relieved a week by 
Bro. Simshaw, Max, N. D., called to Bismarck 
on a federal case involving the improper handling 
of beverages by a former agent. 

Bro. Riley, Baldwin, comes to Bismarck occa- 
sionally to take in a hop. 

Scribe and family spent Thanksigving Day iivitb 
Dad. Bro. G. A. Richardson and family journeyed 
to Bismarck the morning after with his "tin lix" 
and took three hours and a half to go twenty- 
eight miles; some trip. Consequently, he showed 
up to work rather tardy. 

W. B. Richardson, Cert. 918, 

422 Eleventh Street. 

Bismarck, N. D. 

Chicago Division, Southern District — 

Just before going on committee. Local Chairman 
Frost asked me to act as correspondent. I appre- 
. ciate the honor and will do the best I can in taking 
the duties from Bro. Frost, as with his duties as 
local chairman and his regular work he is kept 
quite busy. The work is gratis, and it is not fair, 
nor hardly possible, for one man to do it all, so 
I will have to depend on the boys out on the 
line to keep me posted on any changes and other 
news. Drop me a line any time you kno^nr of 
anything and I will send it in for the next fssue. 
Items to get into the next issue must be in before 
the 20th, but you may send them to me any time. 
Let everyone who can help out, and let's have a 
good write-up each month. 

Assignments: Bro. A. S. Larson to Kolze 
first, relieved at Manitowoc by Mitchell, from the 
Minn. Division; Bro. W. R. Jahns to Fond du 
Lac first while Local Chairman Frost is on com- 
mittee work at Minneapolis; Mrs. Jahns on third ; 
Bro. L. V. Peterson, of Nelsons, to "FN" nights; 
Harry Peters, Silver Lake, to second Stockton 
(later resigned), vice Lepinsld, to third Stockton, 
vice Erickson, to Nelsons first; Lepinsld later re- 
lieved a few days by Bro. J. A. Fonstad; Hanson, 
a new man to third Medina Jet, vice J. R. Freder- 
icks to second Neenah; Bro. W. Drumm, agent 
Templeton, to Mukwonago agency; Sister V. 
Elmore to Waukesha second, vice G. J. Martin, 
relieving T. V. Singer, Hancock, several months, 
traveling; former Bro. Wm. Hinds, whose job at 
Oshkosh freight house was abolished last spring, 
to Oshkosh ticket job. Glad to see him get a posi- 
tion at home again. 

New members: W. R. Thompson, first Waukesha; 
E. P. Provitz, agent Mukwonago; E. H. Hoepner, 
second Theresa; J. E. Erickson, first Nelsons; 
J. H. Frederick, second Neenah, and E. F. Roethke, 
"FN." Let us all make an extra effort to get in 
all we can, as with the phoners coming in during 
the war there will always be some uncertain quanti- 
ties which we must make effort to offset. 

Our committee is now in session with the man- 
agement at Minneapolis for a revision of the 
schedule. Every non who shows his disinterested- 
ness by remaining outside weakens our efforts just 
that much. It is only logical to expect that a re- 
quest made by one hundred men will receive twice 
as much attention as one made by fifty men; 
therefore, keep after the nons. 

Bro. A. E. Rupple, second Medina Jet, called 
for service in the signal corps, now at Camp 
Taylor, Ky., 309th Field Signal Batallion, was re- 
lieved by Hills, later relieved by Hinds. 
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I am obliged to Bros. A. S. Larson, Ford, A. E. 
Shurley and J. A. Fonstad for items this month. 
Come asain; they are appreciated. 

Bro. P. D. Sleeves, second Fond du Lac, on 
ten days' vacation, is visiting his brother at Waco, 
Tex., who expects to leave December 23d for 
France. The former was relieved by Mrs. W. R. 
Jahns, and she on third by Bro. Joe Chamber- 
lain, relieved on third Byron by Belle Balthazor. 

Figures just in show that there was $58.75 sent 
in to help Bro. Otto Lock, second Kolxe, and 
this was turned over to Mrs. Loek. She wishes 
to extend her thanks to the boys along the line. 
Most of the boys responded promptly, while a 
few seemed to have mislaid the call, but it is not 
yet too late. A donation of a few dollars is never 
missed by a man that is working, but it looks big 
to one who has met with misfortune. Bro. Loek 
has been in the hospital several months with a 
tumor on the brain, his recovery being doubtful. 
He has always been a good member and an effi< 
cient employe, and we greatly regret his a£9iction, 
still hoping for the best. 

A. T. Mbysi, Cert 486, Div. 119. 

C. R. I. & P. Ry., Div. No. 126. 

General OfKcee — 

Trenton — Bro. Christensen is baching a few 
days while the family is visiting home folks. 

Bro. Schreiber spent a day at Stockbridge re- 
cently visiting with his brother, who was home 
on a furlough from Camp Funston. Last report 
from Bro. Freeman he was trying to make an 
average digging trenches, but the company was a 
little fast for a man of his experience. 

The recent cold weather just about put the 
Missouri Division out of business, but things are 
moving again and there's lots of work for every- 

Fairbury — Bro. Carver, off ten days **herding 
Moose," was relieved by Bro. Harrison, who later 
went to El Reno. 

Bro. Shankland is at Jefferson Barracks in the 
radio service. 

Bro. Shortridge writes from Mares Island that 
he has taken his last examination and expects to 
be ordered overseas any day now. It is rumored 
they go to the North Sea. 

The force is the same as usual; business heavy f 
lots of overtime. 

Chicago^Bro. Phelps recently passed around a 
box of some very superior cigars to celebrate the 
arrival of his baby girl. Bro. Packett tore his 
cigar open; but it proved O. K., so he chewed it. 

Bros. Carroll and Oehmke have enlisted in the 
radio service. They will be called about January 

Bro. Mangan has returned from a ten-day jaunt 
to Tiskilwa, Blue Island, Englewood and the loop. 

We all received Christmas greetings from Bro. 
Ford, "over there." 

There is a mysterious "all-cap Underwood" go- 
ing the rounds up here (which accounts for date 
lines that look something like this: "HERING- 
TON JAN L L9L8"). We asked about the mills. 

but it is a question of such pit and moment that 
it must be carefully guarded. Our general chair- 
man also asked Mr. Hood about the 20-minute 
eating clause in the schedule. Inasmuch as it 
reads "when convenient," or other words to that 
effect, it is to be understood that if there is an 
unsent message in the room that it is not con- 
venient; so there you are. 

Bro. Stansbury invested in a pair of skates re- 
cently. He should have a care. Only last July 
he invested in a swimming suit and dived from 
the sand dune out at some south side beach into 
nine dark inches of Lake Michigan and came up 
looking like he had been dragged through a barb- 
wire entanglement. 

We lost El Reno some time back on account 
battery off in "NO" office. It was suggested im- 
mediately that we get a Western Union circuit; 
but we won't tell who suggested this. W. U. 
circuits are as a rule good, but not so good that 
they work without battery. 

Bro. G. K. Simmonds, second mate of this galley- 
foist, with the misnomer of a telegraph office, is 
on jury. Anyone pleading a case before George 
can rest assured of a square deal. 

Bro. Hanson had shock absorbers put on the 
heels of his shoes since he has to carry around 
that No. 10 Remington. 

Bro. Simmonds made a remark that six of 
somebody's best friends were going to be running 
around borrowing black suits if somebody didn't 
come to work some day with matches, and Bro. 
Lee sent out right then for a box of safeties. 

We have "GO" solid again with the exception of 
the manager and wire chief. 

Haileyville — ^With the exception of the manager, 
this office is again solid after several months of 

Bro. Hutchinson, on sick list several days re- 
cently, was relieved by the manager, no oper- 
ators being available. 

Eight hours, overtime Sundays and holidays, 
looks pretty good on pay days. 

Bro. Blevins, on a fishing trip recently, fell in 
the creek. The question of what luck he had is 
being held up. 

Superintendent of Telegraph Hood paid us a 
visit in December and gave one and all that big 
hand-shake and smile which he carries with him 
at all times. 

Business on the division is good. With 98 per 
cent of the offices closed Sundays, the O. R. Cs 
continue to "copy 3" on the pole-set telephones, 
regardless of the temperature. 

M. C. Sally, who for several years has worked 
second trick at Shawnee yard, has been pro- 
moted to third trick telegrapher Haileyville, vice 
J. J. O'Brien, night chief. 

Our friend and brother, Bill Matthews, local 
chairman of the Indian Territory Division, has 
resigned and the position is being filled by Bro. 
Cbas. Harding, Shawnee, until an election is held. 
All regret to see Bill leave us, as he was han- 
dling the situation very satisfactorily. 

There are several delinquents on the division 
and a few nons. With no Sunday work, shorter 
hours, larger salaries, higher rate of o^rtime pajr. 

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etc., the man on the Rock Island without an up to 
date is unquestionably a slacker. 

Goodland — Laflferty resigned, relieved by Bro. 
Harrison, later bumped by Cummins and went to 

Business fell off several days and the force was 
cut one man, relieving Walker, but an unlooked- 
for troop movement doubled our business next 
day, and we needed several more men. Cummins 
was called home owing to the serious illness of his 
mother, and we got Walker back for a few days, 
when he was called to the car distributor's desk, 
relieved by our old friend Lafferty, whose resigna- 
tion didn't "take." 

Bro. Harding was in the turkey business again 
this Christmas, but not on quite so large a scale 
as last year. 

Bro. Snyder is still in poor health, but expects 
to improve when he gets on the farm again in 
the spring. 

Bro. George Manion and his O. R. T. hounds 
are bagging a few coyotes now and then. 

Here's wishing a happy and prosperous New 
Year to all O. R. T. men on the Rock Island and 
all other lines. 

Herington — ^The roll of honor continues to grow 
in the Relay Division. Bro. Shankland, of Fair- 
bury, is in the radio service now at Jefferson 
Barracks; also Bros. Rollins and Harper have en- 
listed in the radio service, who reported at Kansas 
City on January 2d. 

Bros. PearsoU and Rogers "did their bit," but 
could not get by the physical examinations, so 
they are back waiting to be called regardless of a 
crooked arm or bum optic. Rogers says he can't 
see why they turned him down on account of his 
left eye, as he always shuts it when he shoots. 
"Happy" tried to argue with them, but they 
wouldn't listen to him. 

Several others enlisted recently from the relay 
offices, but the details are not at hand, my corre- 
spondents having failed to keep me posted. 

Had a letter from each of the "Big Three" on 
the New Haven — Stub, Tom and Bill — recently. 
They were with the Rock Island bunch on the 
way to Seattle last May, and wish to be remem- 
bered to all. Stub says he would like to hear 
the "quartette" render "alfalfa hay" once more. 

Bro. Campbell, our efficient third trick wire 
chief, enlisted as electrician, first class, and re- 
ported at Kansas City on January 2d; thence to 
Great Lakes training camp for about six weeks, 
then to Columbia or Harvard for a course in elec- 

The "star with the annual" that we got from 
Des Moines some time ago turned out to be a 
"flivver with nothing." 

Several roads have settled on the 26-day month 
basis since the R. L did in October, and no doubt 
others will do likewise; but Division 126 set the 
pace, which is a source of pride for those who take 
an active interest in the matter. Several other 
roads have better schedules than the Rock Island, 
but that is a matter for future arrangement We 
are in good shape now, many new members com- 
ing in during the past month, and if e ryone 
would do their share it would only be a matter of 

a very short time until 126 would be the banner 
division of the organization. 

Let us all get in the game this year. Don't 
wait until you have a grievanc to let it be known 
you are a member. Was looking through the 
December number of Thb Tblbgraphbk and note 
that out of twenty divisions on the Rock Island 
only six of them had write-ups. Some of the 
divisions are qever mentioned. Could use some 
more items from the relay offices to good advan- 

Haileyville is solid again, with the usual excep- 
tion. Bros. Wyatt, Hutchinson and Blevins all 
came together and they are going to stay with us 
this time. 

Time to pay your dues, brothers. Don't wait 
for the second notice. Also, don't ovrelook the 
contribution. The division needs it, and we can 
easily afford it out of the back pay recently 

granted us. 

R. D. Stovbk, Local Chairman. 

Kansas Division — 

Bros. Surry, R. J. Patterson and Bellinger 
have entered the navy in the radio service. Bro. 
Forbes could not pass the physical examination. 

First tricks put on at Marion and Holton to 
give the agents a chance to get up town, meet the 
public and get business for the road, which they 
could not do while working a trick. 

Many new men and yet many wanting relief 
can not get away on account of the shortage. 

Mrs. C. E. Laymon, wife and mother of Bros. 
C. E. and R. L., died at her home in Topeka on 
December 17th. Resolutions of sympathy fpllow. 

The son of Bro. F. E. Huggins, at Zeandale, is 
very sick, and he has asked for ninety days' relief, 
as the doctors say he can not stand the winter here. 

Everyone is pleased with the new schedule and 
glad of the shorter hours and longer pay. Those 
who have not paid their dues should do so at 

Have been doing my best to keep the division 
lined up to the top notch, and there are only a 
few out. Got thirteen new members for Decem- 
ber, most of whom have been working here but a 
few months. With our almost solid standing, we 
are in good shape to start the New Year. 
. Sister Beebe, working her first job as relief 
operator at Marion, lined up before she had been 
working a month. 

The wife of Bro. Ussery, of Dwight, has taken 
the examination as operator, but not yet assigned. 

Local Chairman Shaw was relieved by Bro. 
W. L. Hackleroad ten days while covering the 

Bro. Strain, now nicely located on second 
Marion, is kept busy while off duty chopping 
wood on account of the coal shortage. 

Cert. 406. 


Whereas, Our heavenly Father, in His infinite 
wisdom and goodness, has deemed it best to call 
to the great beyond the beloverf^WJXe^^^TiWPther 
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of oar Bros. C. E. and R. L. Laymon; therefore 
be it 

Resdtfed, That the members of Division No. 
126, Order of Railroad Telegraphers, extend to the 
bercared family their sincere and heartfelt sym- 
pathy in this sad hour of affliction; and be it 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be 
spread upon the minutes of this division, a copy 
sent to the bereaved family, and a copy sent to 
The TsLEGRApnER for publication. 

M. W. Shaw, 



Oklahoma Division — 

Bro. Wilday, local chairman, Oklahoma City 
passenger station, was off a few days to do a little 
missionary work on the nons. 

The wife of Bro. Nichols, Oklahoma City yard, 
who had a severe case of pneumonia, is reported 
better. We all hope for her speedy recovery. 

Assignments: Driftwood agency to Bro. H. J. 
Bongeno.- Elk City agency bid back by Bro. 
T. H. Ward. The $120 looked good to him and 
others also, as there were thirteen bids received. 
Yukon first trick to Bro. W. E. Carter; agency 
Choctaw to Bro. C. R. Frye; agency Dale, which 
has been a non-telegraph station, now opened up 
as agent and operator, to Bro. B. A. Hogg. 

Brothers, it is impossible to give you all the 
news with not one of you sending in any notes. 
A. L. Martin, Div. Cor. 

C. B. & Q. R. R., Div. No. 130. 

Relay Division — 

Our committee closed negotiations with satis- 
factory results to all concerned, showing the effect 
of that grand old motto, "In unity there is 

Brothers, it's the duty of every one of us now 
to get busy and help to complete thorough organi- 
zation within our ranks, giving our committee our 
full support at all times. As many as can con- 
veniently spare the money, purchase a yearly card, 
thereby showing our appreciation. 

Do not fail to emphasize our motto freely: "No 
card, no favors," 

We have a solid organization in "GO" office 
and every office on the Relay Division should fol- 
low suit and obtain a solid front. 

We have a dandy schedule, but we must stick 
together in order to keep the benefits we have 

Pay your dues promptly and be up to date at 
all times. 

Bro. Bill Reynolds was off a few days having 
bis tonsils removed. 

Bro. Abie Coats made a trip to Winchester, Ind., 
daring the zero weather to see his mother, and 
returned "all froze up." 

Bro. Rose was called home unexpectedly from 
office on account of Mrs. Rose receiving a bad 

fall. She is now in the hospital, but hopes to be 
out soon. We all extend her our sympathy. 

Bro. Jim Castle, first "WC," called home on 
account of the serious illness of his mother, re- 
ports she is improving slowly. 

Bro. Winchell spent Thanksgiving with his par- 
ents at Alma, Mich., and Christmas with his wife's 
folks at Montpelier, Ohio. 

Bro. Kaiser, at local freight office, spent a few 
days visiting his brother in the army at Houston. 

J. J. Rose. 

Aurora Division — 

Assignments: Bro. Dinwiddle, day operator and 
ticket seller Ottawa, to second Somonauk tower, 
vice Bro. Eldred, returned to Leland; Bro. Nor- 
decn to second Wataga tower, protest by Bro. 
Foster, of Kewanee cabin, claiming seniority, 
being investigated; Bro. Heneway, second Steward 
Jet, to first there, vice Bro. Duck, to first Rochelle 

Telegrapher Hcmrick, Wyanet extra, made Local 
Chairman Todd a short visit, and before he left he 
was up to date. 

The Mcndota and Denrock branch, which Bro. 
Todd made solid in one day last summer, needs 
fixing again. Several nons over there now. 

Mr. Chambers, formerly second at tower 38, 
now on third Montgomery, is the only non be- 
tween Mendota and Berwin. 

Those nons on the C. & I. said they would join 
if they got the same increase and working condi- 
tions that the main line proper got. They got it 
in the new schedule. We must now see that they 
keep their promises; also Wilks and Engle, at 
Streator, who got $10 increase, shorter hours and 
pro rata for Sundays. No excuse now. Keep 
after them. Cert. 5. 

Galesburg Division — 

Everyone is extremely well pleased with the 
splendid increase secured by our committee. 

While in Chicago making the spread I was re- 
lieved by Bro. Datin, from third, and he by Bro. 
Dewitt, from Maquon. Later Bro. Datin was 
called to Bussey, l6wa, by the serious illness of 
his wife and transferred back to the Iowa Divi- 
sion on that account. 

Bro. Gookins to Yates City, taken sick, relieved 
by McCleery, later opened third Farmington a 
few nights until called for draft; Swigart, third 
Lewistown, relieving. 

Bro. A. R. Lisenby to Monica agency, vice Bro. 
Miner, who relieved him at Castleton. 

Bro. Chinn, first "YD" Galesburg, recently 
made a trip to Des Moines, Iowa, to attend the 
funeral of a relative; he is now off sick, Bros. 
Walker and Jordan doubling; later Bro. Mills, 
from Santa Fe, relieving. 

Bro. Higgins, helper St. David, has gone tele- 
graphing, leaving Bro. Mullen alone with the sta- 
tion work. 

Bro. Antrim, agent Oak Hill, relieved by Yates, 
second Edwards (closed), called to Camp Logan, 
Houston, Tex., by illness of his son, Leo, for- 
merly third Lewistown. 

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Agent Fleisher, Elmwood, working first trick 
a few days; Moore to second; McCleery to third 
Yates City, relieving Dewitt. 

Conner to first Elmwood, permanently relieved 
on first Canton by Bro. Hoskins. 

Assistant Local Chairman Jones, of the Qaincy 
branch, visited in Chicago recently. Bro. Peluse, 
of Augusta, visiting in Chicago in anticipation of 
being drafted, was called home by Superintendent 
Fuller with a request to work until he had to 

Not a word from the north end this month. 

Best wishes^ for a happy New Year. 

Local Chaikman. 

Beardstown Division — 

It is now Bro. Shepard at Jacksonville and 
Bro. O. M. Cherry at Girard. 

Assignments: Bro. Jack Whorton to first Vir- 
den; Bro. R. M. Willie to third Christopher; Mr. 
Kell to third Centralia yards, relieved by a new 
man at Centralia, 111. All the boys are now work- 
ing eight-hour tricks and are well pleased over 
the new schedule. Now let us get the nons lined 
up and help the committee next time they go up 
for a change in schedule. Let's all pull for that 
100 per cent strong and keep it that way. There 
are only two or three nons left over here on the 
Jack line. When you find you are working with 
one of them, tell him what the Order has done 
and will do yet; talk kindly to him, and he will 
see he is wrong and come in with us. 

On the morning of December 6, 1917, the sad 
news flashed over the Jack line that Bro. L. E. 
Dooley, of Walnut Grove, III., was dead, and 
the following contributed for a floral tribute: 
Bros. J. H. Mann, H. V. Spanehowcr. L. W. 
Yowell. M. H. Cole. Jim Dagon, R. N. John- 
son, F. A. Snow, J. W. Allen, Geo. Mastaler, 
R. H. Chipman, J. Wilgus, G. H. Stephenson, 
J. L. Akins, F. Cooley, O. M. Cherry, R. Willie, 
H. L. Jones, B. Nester, T. H. Agnew, W. Van 
Velson, C. B. Feathcrstone, J. Champ, L. S. Sav- 
age, R. Picrcy, J. T. Cole, S. S. Dycus, H. Kirk- 
patrick, E. Bird, T. E. Akcrs, H. Cook, G. Ven- 
tres and R. Ambrow, and friends: Lee Clark, 
J. J. Elvidge. J. N. YowelI,.F. Corkhill, A. D. 
Haste, Ed. Renolds, R. P. Wossrailler, C. E. Koker. 
J. H. Mann, Ass't L. C. 
Cert. 745. 

La Crosse Division — 

Bro. V. C. Sraeltzer, relieved at Savanna tower 
by Bro. Frommelt, from Nelson second, relieved 
Bro. Woods, agent Trevino, a few days on ac- 
count of the sickness of his mother. 

W. D. Johnson, second Crawford, on sick list, 
relieved by Bro. Tate, from third Nelson. 

The two jobs at Bad Axe are closed, Hastings 
and Wetterlin returning to Victory, reopened. 

Assignments: Higgins to second Prairie du 
Chien, vice Bro. H. B. Lindner, to Pepin days, 
vice Bro. H. L. Sterling; Bro. Van Loon to third 
South Jet. several days later, relieved by Bro. 
Coleman; Bro. V. C. Smeltzer to Nelson third. 

Bro. Otto Hermanson, second Trempealeau, was 
relieved by G. O. Farber, an old-time agent, a few 

days to take his wife to La Crosse hospital. We 
are glad to report that she is able to be back 

Bro. W. E. Garber, agent Trempealeau, visited 
his folks at Diamond Bluff on Thanksgiving Day. 

No one seems to wapt second Savanna. It will 
pay about $100 per. 

Bro. Ed Woods, Trevino, is again on the ex- 
emption board at Durand. 

Thanks to Bros. White and Sands for this 
write-up. Wish more of you would drop me a 
note, so we could have a better one. 

Don't forget to remit your dues for the next 
card and see that your neighbor does likewise. 
Div. CoR., Cert. 227. 

Hannibal Division — 

"X" Office, Hannibal— Bro. W. E. Kenning 
spent Sunday recently at Jefferson Barracks, 
visiting his brother, Russell, a member of the 
U. S. Aviation Corps. 

Bros. Baker and Ainge were down at Saverton 
recently chasing cottontails. 

The boys here received their first half Decem- 
ber pay on the 22d and like the looks of the new 
figures on the pay checks very much. 

Tucker is at Wymore Relay, relieved by Phoner 
Hays. It's time these two boys were lining up. 

Hannibal Division Notes — 

Bro. C. R. Chipman, third Elsberry, and wife 
visited his mother at LaBelle on Christmas. Bro. 
Ringo relieved C. L. Bushman, agent Elsberry. 
while visiting his son, H. R., at Fort Sill. 

Old Monroe agency being on bulletin will likely 
open up several offices again. 

We hope to be solid on this division by Febru- 
ary 1st. 

The checks just received for the first half of 
December look good to the boys. Our chief dis- 
patcher advises that a special roll is being made 
up for the back pay, which will reach us in the 
near future. Callie Mays, L. C 

St. Joe, Mo., Division — 

The new schedule meets the approval of every 
one. It is the best settlement we have ever se- 
cured, and the committee is to be congratulated 
for its earnest and untiring eflforts in our behalf. 
The loyal support of the membership at the right 
time must have been very gratifying to the com- 

Bro. H. S. Shaudy bid in second Langdon; 
F. T. Brennen, agency Nishua, and Bro. J. M. 
Terrill, third Barkville. 

New members: Sister Alice McClure, "RM" 
Kansas City; Bros. H. C. Birch, **CA" Clarinda; 
R. E. Lillie, Farley, Mo., and J. T. Birmingham, 
agent Forest City. We are glad to have this 
sister and brothers with us, and hope a few more 
will soon follow their good example. 

I was off one day recently, taking in the sights 
at St. Joe, relieved at Cain by former agent Bro. 
C. H. Waldruff. L. J. Millin, " 

Locy^^ior., Coin,Tlowm. 
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Ottumwa Division — 

Awignm cntt: S. A. Gilland to agency Frederic, 
and Bro. Wilmering, from M. & St. L , to Glad- 
stone third, account of no bids receiveo; Bro. 
R. A. Best to first agency, Bro. H. F. Ross, third 
Dndley; Bro. A. C. Sefrit, third, and Bro. W. R. 
Crossland, second Mt Pleasant; Mrs. B. B. 
Stronp, third West Burlington; Bro. G. H. Trib- 
ler, third Murray; Bro. J. A. Houston, Biggs> 
Title agency. 

We welcome to our ranks the 'following new 
members: C. T. Sufford, J. B. McKenna, G. S. 
Wilson. E. F. Jones. P. F. Goltry. M. A. Merich 
and W. E. Snyder. 

Bro. Menzie, extra dispatcher, is working first 
"UK," while Bro. Mason is trying out a new 
position in Mr. Messenger's office. We regret very 
much to lose our worthy local chairmas, but Bro. 
Mason has the best wishes for his success from 
all of the brothers on the division. 

Bro. O. F. Miller is back at Maxon until called 
out to Camp Dodge. We regret to lose Bro. 
Miller, but no doubt after a few months' train- 
ing Bro. Miller will learn to dodge the bullets and 
prove an asset to Uncle Sam's army. 

Bro. P. E. Haist. exempted from service, now 
on extra, relieved on second Agency and third 
Gladstone one night, and a few nights on second 
Albia. and on third Murray a short time. 

We regret to anounce the death of Bro. Wil- 
mering's wife, who died recently at Keithsburg. 
Ill Owing to the fact that I was not advised of 
this, we failed to send flowers for the funeral, 
had some brother on the east end notified me. we 
would have afranged for them by mail. Bro. 
Wilmering has the sympathy of us all in this sad 

Let us show our appreciation for the new 
schedule secured by our committee by lining up 
the few remaining nons and help the good cause 
along. Providing all promises work out we should 
soon have a solid membership on this division. 

I wish you would all send me a few items 
each month. With no assistance whatever you 
can not expect much. 

Our secretary desires all who can to take out 
a yearly card, which is $10. This will save the 
trouble of remitting dues again in six months and 
eliminate a great deal of book work. 

Thanks to Bro. Tribler for the items. Come 
again. P. £. H.. Assistant L. C. 


I desire to express my sincere thanks and appre- 
ciation to all the O. R. T. brothers and friends 
for the beautiful floral design given for the 
funeral of my father. j, m. Stbvinson. 

Owtaha Division — 

We have no delinquent members, a number have 
remitted for their new cards and some have been 
received, a number of which are annuals. All 
who can should remit for the entire year, saving 
considerable work and expense for our general 
secretary and patting finances back to normal 

again. If not able to put up the amount for the 
whole year, pay up for the six months. 

Bro. Yocum will visit home folks in Missouri 
a week, as soon as relieved. 

The ice business started at Laketon about 
December ISth, had to close on account of warm 
weather. Bro. Gleason. in charge, returned to 
Walthill, and was used a few days at Ferry on 
M. & O. position, owing to shortage of men. 

Bro. Hawkins, from Mo. Pac, on second Fre- 
mont, when ice business closed relieved Bro. 
Russel. Greenwood second, who bid in Belden. 

Bro. Thackery, third Plattsmouth. off several 
nights sick. Bros. Moore and Mayfield doubling. 

Bro. Bauni, Prague, enlisted in navy, relieved 
by his wife, Sister Baum. 

It is now Sister Shaunessy, third Waverly. 

Bro. Dell, at Gretna, has accepted position with 
bank there. We all wish him success. Relieved 
by Bro. Simons, pending bulletin. Bro. Miller 
coming back into service as operator at Gretna. 

Bro. West went to Lincoln with Bro. Denton 
to receive instructions on new schedule. We are 
all glad to hear of the recovery of Bro. Denton's 
wife from her recent severe illness. Bro. West 
stopped in "G" office Omaha en route. Bro. 
Navel, of Edholm, was also an Omaha visitor 

Brothers, we can just about claim the banner 
in percentage of membership. The few nons left 
have no ex'cuse to remain out. and we must have 
them all this year. 

Wish you all a happy New Year. 

H. L. GiLBiaT, Wann. Neb. 

Wymore Division — 

Assignments: Bro. E. A. Cox. Bennett; R. A. 
Brinson. nights Pawnee. 

New members: C. Coffey. Nebraska City; A. J. 
Beverka. Fortescue; O. D. Samsel. Bladen; H. B. 
Burke. Rulo. 

Dispatcher Martin transferred to Sterling, Colo. 

Bro. F. H. Haley was off a few days on account 
of the death of his brother-in-law at Pawnee. 

R. A. Stinebock is relieving at Salem, vice Bro. 
A. M. Russell. Does any one know of his where- 
abouts? Bro. C. C. Sheeley at Salem nights. 

C. B. Wade, trying out at Rulo. promises to 
be one of us in the near future. 

It was very nice of the company to get us our 
back pay and regular check for first half of 
December in time for Christmas, and I am sure 
the boys appreciate the kindness. 

Show no mercy to the nons. keep right after 
them. There is absolutely no excuse for one non 
on this or any other division now. 

We did not lose a single member this term 
through non-payment of dues. 

Let us all put our shoulder to the wheel and see 
if we can not bring our division up to the solid 
O. R. T. mark. There are only a few left and we 
can accomplish the necessary by a little extra de- 
termination and persuasion. Live up to the rule, 
"No card, no favors" in each and every case. 

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Sterling Division — 

We have now got one of the best all around 
schedule we ever had, and in dividing up the 
increases I did my best to put the money where 
it belonged. We now have a $70 minimum on this 
division, and not an operator's position that pays 
less than $80, with no Sunday work on the 
High Line, except Curtis and Holyoke, none on 
the Cheyenne line, and no more than is abso> 
lutely necessary on the other branches. 

Some of the boys showed their appreciation for 
what the committee has done for us by making a 
little donation towards a draft given to Bros. 
Denton and Rogers on Christmas morning. We 
were late in getting it started, which no doubt 
prevented several more of the boys donating. 
Those who sent me $1 each were: Bros. R. E. 
Gavin, Dalton, Neb.; R. O. Close, Angora, Neb.; 
Baker, extra agent, Bro. F. E. Crecs, Gurley, 
Neb.; C. W. Wright and Operator. Branson, 
Mitchell, Neb.; M. A. Shipman, Operator Elston 
and Wallick, Sidney; Mr. McLean and Coppon, 
Morrill, Neb., and H. M. Benkley, Henry, Neb. 
Seven non-members, which with my little donation 
and $3 later received from Bro. Marcy for 
Knight, Townsend and himself, at Bridegport, 
Neb., made a total of $18 from this division. 

Now, brothers, let's line up the nons and get 
the division up to a 100 per cent. There is no 
excuse for any body staying out of the Order now. 
If you will all help, we can do it. Let every one 
see that every non in his vicinity is made an 
O. R. T. member with the least possible delay. 

The superintendent advises me that we will all 
get our back pay on January pay day, and that 
will be the best time in the world for all the 
nons to send in their applications. Let's strike 
while the iron is hot and get them all lined up. 

It is now Bro. Harris, agent Haxtun, Colo , vice 
Bro. Dell, Banister, now cashier in a bank there, 
whom we wish all kinds of success. 

Send me a few items, so we can have an inter* 
eating write-up every month all year. Let me 
have them in time, so I can get them to St. Louis 
before the 2Sth, and remember our motto, "No 
card, no favors.'* 

F. A. Sense, Local Chairman. 

McCook Division — 

Brothers, the new schedule has been working 
now for about a month, and the most of you have 
ere this been assigned the proper hours and got 
your back pay since August 1st. Thus you tee 
by staying together and pulling all together we 
got a real schedule revision, asd we should show 
our appreciation by giving the company the best 
service possible. It behooves us to get the nons 
lined up and strengthen our organization in order 
to get any other conditions or maintain the ones 
we have, so let's all get busy. 

I have asked Bro. Weyl to give us a write-up 
each month; with his assistance we hope to keep 
posted on the changes. 

Bro. Hunt was relieved while on schedule work 
by Merriwether, Nash and Morris, the latter 
now Bro. Morris; the two others have left. 

Bro. Sweeney, agent Lyons, is now running that 
station without an operator. 

Bro. L. E. Skinner, of the Brookfield Division, 
is now cashier at LaFayette. We extend him the 
glad hand, he sure is a good man to have with us. 

Recent appointments have been very slow in 
accepting their places, and has caused the new 
bulletin to be put out, where if one does not 
accept after he has been appointed he goes on 
the extra list, so, boys, be careful and knpw you 
want the place before bidding, for it sure will be 
enforced. Sometimes the chief has had to make 
three or four appointments before getting a man 
to accept. C. R. Hunt, L. C. 

McCook Division NoUs — 

T. L. Jones to second Arapahoe, vice H. T. 
Mathews, to Eckley third; A. L. Morris to third 
Arapahoe, vice Cheehey, joined the army; Bro, 
C. W. Richards to Holdrege second, vice C. E. 
Ricliard, gone with Holdrege Lumber Co. as 
cashier. J. T. Baggett, first Holdrege, was a re- 
cent visitor at Camp Funston. 

Brothers, talk to the nons working with or next 
to you and stay with them until they are members 
in good standing. Where would we have been 
with our last schedule had it not been for our 
committee being backed by our wonderful and 
powerful organization. We should not rest until 
we have a 100 per cent membership to retain 
what we now have. We need all the nons in the 
fold, don't give them any rest until they join, 
remembering "No card, no favors," 

It should be a very easy matter for the non to 
come in, the delinquent to pay up, and all pay 
a full year's dues for the next term, with the 
back pay they are getting in the new schedule, 
without costing them a penny. 

I have asked all the brothers to send me notes, 
but it seems they all overlook it or forget to tell 
what changes have been made at their stations, 
so I am going to appoint some one on each line 
that I can't get to by wire, and see if we can't 
have a good write-up in the journal each month. 
I must have the notes in time to get them to 
St. Louis before the 25th. 

Business is good now, especially the moving of 
freight, and we should all give the best service 
to the company possible. 

Bro. Hunt will announce a meeting at MeCook 
sometime in the near future, and all who can pos- 
sibly get there should attend. If we take it up 
personally, Mr. Runnels will use the trains to 
accommodate us. So watch for it, and when it is 
announced commence planning how to get there. 
H. R. Weyl, Cert. 202. 

Sheridan Division — 

It begins to look as though a number of us 
will soon be at the front. Some of the boys be- 
ing taken that I am not being notified about. 
Send me this information and all the news you 
can by the 18th of the month, so I can get it to 
St. Louis before the 25th. 

Bro. Essex Upton, agent O'Neil, Neb., on a 
company case, relieved by Bro*^HRav Thompson, 
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second Upton, expects to go to St. Louis on a 
trip after he leaves O'Neil. 

New Castle has three helpers now. It is get- 
ting to be a booming town. 

Bro. Beitel, treasurer Campbell County, is on 
third; Bro. Mead, cashier Gillette Bank, on sec- 
ond, and C. G. McQueen, a commercial operator 
from Chicago, on first Gillette. 

Mrs. Mary Thompson, Sister G. Shaughnessy 
and her sister worked a few nights at '*NA," 
then went to Verona. 

Bro. C. B. Caldwell resigned at Felix, relieved 
by Bro. E. J. Weshinskey, and he at EcheU 
agency by Bro. Allen Hunter, relieved on second 
by Bro. L. B. Mooney, who later went to Sheri- 
dan, and was operated on for appendicitis. Reports 
second day following were that he was getting 
along nicely. Hope he continues to do so. 

Ouite a number of changes I was unable to get, 
but I hope you will all send me the news next 
month. Wish you all a happy New Year. 
Yours fraternally, 

E. J. Wbshinskby, Cor. 

Cvper Division — 

The boys on this division are very pleased 
with the new schedule. I now have the promise 
of six applicants, and that shows that they appre- 
ciate it. There is no excuse for the nons not 
to join now, as one month's increase will pay for 
their dues for a year. 

We were sorry to hear of Bro. Roberts, agent 
at Manderson, quitting this division, also Bro. 
Ewton, of Podcr River, but wish them success 
wherever they go. 

Operator Kauble, from Douglas, to Wcndover 
second, and Operator Johnson, from the Creston 
Division, returned from vacation, went to third 

Bro. Mills has received his new card and is 
▼ery proud of it. 

The third trick man at Glendo says he will take 
a card out pay day, making Glendo solid. Let's 
make them all that way. 

Several good jobs were put on bulletin last 
month, but I have not got the names of the 
parties getting them. No one sending me any 
news at all this month. Now, boys, being you 
only have to work eight hours per day, please 
let me have at least fifteen minutes of one of 
those hours and send me some news this month. 
Get it to me by the ISth, and we will try and 
have a better write-up. Cbkt. 298. 

Florida East Coast Ry., DIv. No. 160. 

We are now after a contract for the first time, 
M the brothers have at last woke up and decided 
that we were railroading with the exception of a 
contract, and see where we could have better 
jobs, better hours and better pay; so we are now 
^ per cent strong, are going into it the right 
way, and going to have it if all the boys will 
■tand by the committee, which everyone has prom- 
wed they would. 

We have the best climate — the dear old sunny 
South, where the oranges, grapefruit and all kinds 
of citrus fruit grows — and there is no excuse why 
we shouldn't have a good contract and splendid 
working conditions. 

During the tourist season we have twelve pas- 
senger trains each twenty-four hours, and two 
Cuban freight trains each day and extras. Why 
sit down and work for the salary we are getting 
now. The road raised all tricks — first, $80; sec- 
ond and third, %7Sf with a minimum of $70. We 
have had this minimum for over one year, and 
can not pay the prices for board, etc., on this 

Some of the boys are getting a chance at some 
of the agency work now. 

Assignments: Gray, from Ft. Pierce, to Ful- 
ford agency on account of Bro. Gatewood entering 
the army; Bro. Edwards to Hobe Sound agency, 
relieving Bro. Hinton, to Homestead clerk and 
telegrapher. Bro. Childs, second Key West, will 
come up to the Miami dispatcher's office and be 
third trick dispatcher on the south end during 
the winter season; Bro. Riddle, "MX" Miami, 
will take second trick dispatcher, and Bro. Rey- 
nolds, now clerk for the chief dispatcher, who 
returned December 20th from a few days* vaca- 
tion, will be first trick dispatcher. 

Boys, let's all stand by the committee and get 
that contract; then we can get more money and 
better hours for the agents, and send in what 
few items you have to the secretary and treasurer, 
Bro. J. H. Myers ,at Hallandale, and have a good 
write-up each month. I am taking this on my 
own self this time, only just to start things off, 
while the others are busy with the contract. This 
is not much, but will let the brothers of other 
railroads know that the old Florida East Coast 
is going to reach the top with the others. 

"KN," Cert. 66. 

0.-W. Ry. & N. Co., Div. No. 161. 

Cleveland Darbee, second Duncan, resigned; 
waited three weeks and then had to leave the Job 
unfilled. Understand he went to the N. P.; better 
wages and conditions. It was necessary to close 
third Huron, sending Miss Sailor to Duncan. 

Assignments: Sister and Bro. Frederick to 
second and third Duncan, unable to get living 
quarters; company has promised to furnish them 
an outfit car; Calvert, Meacham, to third La- 
Grande, relieved on vacation by Cassell; Bro. 
Geo. MacDonald to Hilgard agency; Mrs. Myrtle 
Woods, on third Hilgard pending bulletin, to 
**RA," vice Stearns, resigned; Sister Ruth Hart, 
extra Pendleton, to Baker; Bro. Reilly to second 
Kalema, vice Bro. Walters, to Meacham agency; 
Sister Prudence Hauser to second North Powder, 
closed for a few days; Hazen, Sr., extra at Hinkle, 
to third North Powder; Bro. White, agent Wal- 
lowa, to third Pendleton; Bro. Lyons to '*RA" 

Bro. E. McCann, second Meacham, gone with 
the S. P. in California. 

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Bro. L. V. Thomas, fourth Huntington, on vaca- 
tion; other boys at Huntington having to double 
most of the time. 

Bro. McLaughlin, Arst LaGrande, has entered 
the radio department of the aviation corps. Mike 
Walsh, dispatcher, has also joined the colors. 

New members: Owen C. Smith, Cosmopolis, 
Wash.; J. D. Lawrence, Seattle, Wash.; Richard 
W. Fulkerson, Wyeth, Ore.; Wesley E. Sego. 
Arlington, Ore.; A. J. Flessler, Ayer Jet., Wash.; 
F. E. Adams, Page, Wash.; H. G. Cooper, Arling- 
ton, Ore.; A. E. Blackburn, Arlington, Ore. 

W. H. F. Davis, G. S. & T. 

Ann Arbor R. R„ Div. No. 164. 

Bro. Gumm, Hallett, was off several days on 
account of the death of his brother-in-law, Frank 
Corning, former roundhouse foreman. 

Bro. S. J. Cox is back at "CS" from his trip to 

Bro. Terrill, offered Frankfort agency, has de- 
cided to remain at Dundee. 

Business in Manhattan yards is getting heavy. 
On account of the shortage of engines on the 
H. v., the A. A. are sending their crews direct 
to the H. V. yards for trains. 

Boys, let's all get our dues in as soon ai pos- 
sible and also see if we can not get the nons 
lined up. Cut. 2. 

Westbound business a little light, eastbound 
very heavy, averaging seventy-five cars iron ore 
for Detroit a day from Menominee, keeps two 
boats on the Menominee running continually, 
also doubling two of the large 180 class engines 
in handling it south. Car Ferry No. 6 is just 
out of dry dock after a month's over hauling for 
winter service; No. 4 now in dock for same pur- 
pose, averaging three heavy trains southbound a 
day out of Frankfort. Bros. Werkman, Welker 
and Potter are still holding down these three 
tricks. The moving of the freight agent's office 
to the freight house has eliminated a lot of work 
from the operator, which now gives them more 
time for their regular duties. 

Bro. Schriebe, Beulah, oh a two weeks' trip 
West, came near locating their on account of his 
wife's health. Glad to hear he is going to remain 
with us. Never a livelier agent has "BN" had. 

Bro. Elder, Thompsonville, is still without an 
operator on account of the shortage of men. He 
has been given. a clerk, but this does not answer 
the bill at a point like **MO." Here's hoping 
he gets ample help. 

Bro. Chamberlain, from Mesick, is now at 
Owosso in the local freight agent's office, relieved 
by Sherwood. 

Bro. Strong, still at Harrietta, does not have to 
sit around the station all day Sunday as he did 
a year ago without being paid for it. 

Bro. Ben Taylor, on Selma first, is waiting 
relief to take charge there as yardmaster. Gam- 
mon, on second, should notify the management 

that he is not desirous of any increase, so that 
the committee can spread his share on someone 
who does. Bro. Clark, on third, is waiting for 
relief to open up Lake George. 

Brothers, the committee have drawn up a new 
schedule and forwarded it to the management, 
asking for a date for a conference. Remember our 
motto, "No card, no favors," 

Ce«t. 42. 

Chicago & Alton R. R^ Div. No. 168. 

Our committee met the management in Chicago 
on December 3d, and, after a 'short conference, 
negotiations were broken off and the matter is 
now in the hands of the government mediators. 

All brothers are requested to pay their dues 
promptly, so that our committee can be properly 
financed for any eventuality. ^ 

Northern and Southern Division Notes — 

Bro. Wilson has resumed on second Gtrard 
after ninety days off, taking his wife to Conway, 
Ark., for her health, which, we are sorry to say, 
failed to improve, and she passed away September 
27th. The members of Division 168 extend their 
heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved brother. 

Bro. Homer Deaton, working as wire chief for 
the A. T. & T. Co. at Bloomington for the past 
six months, has enlisted in the aviation branch 
of the signal corps. We all wish him good luck. 

Extra Bro. Hart bid in Ashland tower nights. 

Bro. Guyman, second Sherman, off a week, 
recuperating and visiting the doctor at Decatur, 
was relieved by Extra Bro. Steele. 

Sister Karr, off a few days nursing an attack 
of la grippe, relieved by Bro. Cuttis, of third, who 
later relieved Bro. Jacobs a few days, visiting 
friends in Chicago, Bro. Davis doing the extra 

Extra Bro. Vanderpool, relieved at Girard by 
Bro. Wilson, was sent to Salsted street, Chicago, 
selling tickets. 

Bro. Banks and wife, of Atlanta, ate Christmas 
turkey with the former's parents at Arrowsmith. 

Bro. Hilligress, agent McLean, has been pro- 
moted to car distributor. All wish Bill good luck 
in his new position. 

Brothers, if you have a non working with you, * 
be sure and see that he gets to read the article 
"What Are You Doing for the O. R. T?" on 
pages 1781 and 1782, December issue. Remember 
the M. k. & T. boys are still locked out and need 
our help. Use the slogan in all possible places. 
"Help Win the M. K. & T. Strike." 

As per bulletin, we will have four new posi- 
tion's in our schedule — Lemont nights, Jerseyville 
third and Manches second and third. 

Every member on Division 168 should work for 
the prize which the Grand Division offers for new 
members during (he year of 1918. 

Cbkts. 225 and 291. 

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Wabash R. R., Div. No. 170. 

Springfield Division — 

Saperintendent of Telegraph Church is going 
to make a wholesale reduction of the numbers 
and length of the telegraph messages used on the 
Wabash in the new cipher code, which will cover 
the needs on ordinary messages. 

The new code is the stereotyped expressions 
which refer to tracings of different matters in 
freight handling translated into short, sugges- 
tive words whenever possible; this new facility 
wiU do away with a large part of work for the 
operators. The management also suggest that all 
messages not of great importance be mailed. Hope 
the brothers will appreciate the outline and all 
try to work in harmony with each other. 

Give the dispatchers the best services, boys; 
they are good fellows, and your co*operation will 
be appreciated. Mr. Kearney says he wants us to 
get what's coming to us, and in good faith, too. 
We must return the compliment. 

Owing to the severe cold weather and heavy 
business, five dispatchers are now moving the 
trains over the Springfield Division, making the 
V cot at "JA." 

Bro. H. P. Flint's little son fell recently, while 
playing at the station, and it was necessary to 
remove him to the hospital, where he is resting 

Sister Leeper, we are sorry to announce, is re- 
ported sick, making it necessary for Bro. Leeper 
and Hatfield to work twelve hours on account of 
the shortage of operators. 

Assignments: Agency Bowen to Bro. Zimmer- 
man; third Bluffs to Bro. Frank Marshell. 

Rtvert»n third temporarily closed on account of 
the resigpiation of Operator Hatfield, reopened 
>C>in by the assignment of Louis Bisconti, a new 
msn, who expects to be in our midst soon. 

*'Have you remitted for that new card yetf" 

A. E. ZOLD. 

Dicatur Division — 

The meeting held at Decatur on Saturday night, 
November 24th, was attended by the following 
brothers: Hyde. H. A.' Long, C. S. Long, A. L. 
Piggot. R. R. Lowery, M. Meyer. J. E. Mclntire, 
J. M. Lankford, J. R. Hefner, R. V. Williams, 
A. G. Dixon, F. A. Rock, W. R. Kearney, Roy 
Beach, M. Thomburg, O. and L. Graybeal, E. W. 
Hedburg, G. Hudson and the general chairman 
and local chairman of the Decatur Division, also 
the following brothers of the Springfield Division: 
Local Chairman Unglaub, A. E. Zold, H. P. 
Flint, L. W. Abbott. W. Wolff, and from Moberly 
Division, Bros. Nixon and Bro. Collins, of "GM." 

The meeting was called to order by our Local 
Chairman and General Chairman Nash at 8 p. m. 

The meeting was very interesting and some 
^tty important questions were brought up regard- 
^i onr working conditions; the most important 
°^^ in regard to sending our committee back to 
^ St Louis in the next few months for schedule 
negotiations the majority of the brothers saying 
^ were not entirely satisfied with the present 
•cbednle which went into effect the 1st of last 

November, as in percentage it does not come up 
with other lines running parallel with ours and 
several other roads over the country. 

It was finally decided to mail a letter to every 
brother, and let him vote according to what he 
thought in regard to this matter, and let the ma- 
jority of the vote rule. 

This has been done, so let every brother vote 
according to his own opinion. 

Bros. Williams asd Operator Wells are doing 
the extra work in "XD" while the company has 
on the extra dispatching force at Decatur. 

Assignments: 47th St. second, Bro. O. Gray- 
beal; Foosland second, Bro. Keller; "GM," 4 p. m. 
to 12:01 a. m.. Operator Tally; "GM," 3 p. m. to 
11 p. m., not assigned. Cbkt. 740. 

Sixth District Notes— 

Bro. O. E. Hulse, second 47th, resigned to 
accept a better position elsewhere; was one of 
our ablest and statmchest members, and while we 
hate to lose him, wish him success in his new field. 

Bro. Marrs, second Chicago Ridge, enlisted as 
an operator in the engineering corps, and Bro. 
Leeper, third Orlaiyl, signed out as a sergeant 
in the same corps. Bro. Gruenwald, second Cerro 
Gordo, also enlisted. 

Bro. Rufty, late of third Chicago Ridge, now 
in France, advises that he is workisg an "OS" 
job on a narrow gauge not far back of the lines. 

Chicago Ridge agency granted an additional $10 
increase by the company, was bid in by Bro. M. O. 
Nelson, from 12th St., Chicago. 

The car inspector's third raise during a period 
of nine months puts their salary at $108, which 
makes our recent increase look rather puny. 

Several north end offices have doubled recently 
on account of the shortage of men. 

Dispatcher Sullivan, second Forrest, promoted, 
causing rearrangement of tricks. Dispatchers 
McCormick, Renner and Fightmaster now work 
first, second and third, respectively. 

Our long promised three-position manuel block 
signals have failed to materialize, and the caution 
card still reigns supreme. Let us draw up some 
resolutions regarding this matter at our next meet- 
ing and present them to the firm. 

Ceet. 740. 

Members of the Western Division: 

Our new scheddle secured recently, effective 
November 1, 1917, gave us a very good wage scale 
and improvements in working conditions. I de- 
sire each member on this division to secure a copy 
of this agreement, read it carefully and familiar- 
ize himself with it, so he will get what is coming 
to him. 

Don't forget to turn in time for all overtime 
and deadheading. This means something to the 
men it affects. In case you are not allowed time, 
do not throw it in the waste basket and think it 
can not be allowed, forward to me and I will see 
why it is not allowed. 

We still have some nons on this division reap- 
ing the benefits of what the membership paid for. 
They sit back and think it's fine, ^^o;o, with 

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thought "it did not cost me anything." These 
fellows should get this out of their head, and ask 
themselves if it is fair to accept ^nd not assist 
in securing it. 

If any of you have a non working in the office 
with you do not let him rest until he gets right 
with the O. R. T. They can not say the O. R, T. 
has done nothing. At any time you need appli- 
cation blanks, call me on the wire or write me, 
they will be furnished upon request. There is no 
reason why we should not be 100 per cent strong. 

It is now time to pay our dues. Don't forget 
this, as it is very important. The address of our 
secretary and treasurer is, Bro. M. Fohey, 450 
Crane Ave., Detroit, Mich. Bro. Fohey desires 
each mon to be on time with dues, as it saves 
him much work. We can all do it, if we only try. 
We got a nice increase. Now let's support the 
great organisation that secured it for us. 

C. J. BiTTiKEa, L. C. 

Western Division, Seventeenth District — 

Bro. Swearingen, who relieved Mr. Ferrill, 
"DE," while visiting sick folks in his family in 
Kentucky, later relieved Bro. Cantrcll, third Ex- 
celsior Springs Jet., a week. 

Bro. Bittiker, local chairman, while in St. Louis 
on committee work, was relieved by move-up; 
Bro. Bybee, to first, Bro. Richardson to second. 
Bro. Lynch, extra list, to third Brunswick. 

Bro. Carter, first Huntsvillc, heard the bad news 
of his mother and sister being injured in an auto 
wreck at Mobcrly. We wish them a speedy re- 

Bro. Lynch, extra list, protected Silver City 
while on bulletin. Bid in by Bro. J. B. Doven- 

Bro. Squires relieved Agent McCurry at Dalton, 
on sick list. 

Bro. A. B. Cox, first Salisbury, visiting the 
boys at Camp Funston (and looking over his 
future home, he thinks), relieved a week by Bro. 
Byrum, second Salisbury. 

Bro. W. J. Cox was off a few days attending 

J. A. Doyle, No. 1 on the senority list, who 
went to work for the Wabash in 1870, making 
him in the service forty-seven years, a large por- 
tion of which time he has been agent at Hunts- 
ville, has retired on a pension, and is going to 
California. We, the agents and telegraphers on 
the Western Division, congratulate Mr. Doyle upon 
his long service rendered the Wabash R. R., and 
regret to see him leave. He was a fine gentleman 
and very accommodating, and we wish him well. 

Bro. Squires, who attended the Tiger Jahawk 
at Coliunbia, Thanksgiving, relieved Bro. Richard- 
son several days while he was making the lights 
shine bright around Kansas City. 

In getting the news along the line it seems 
almost impossible to get every member to con- 
tribute just one news item. Some of them are 
pretty good, and I don't have to ask and beg 
them to give it to me, but the majority never con- 
tribute anything, and it seems like it is an insult 
if I ask them for news. If there is any of that 

kind on this division, they certainly have the 
wrong idea of brotherhood. 

If we live up to the full true meaning of the 
O. R. T., we must fulfill our obligations. If 
every member will just help me a little, you wUl 
see a great change in the news items. 

Make a note of everything that happens of 
interest, and inside of thirty days you will find 
that you know something when I ask you for 
news, instead of the womout saying, "I know 
nothing." Come on, boys, everyone to the wheel, 
do your bit, and when you find out that "in 
union there is strength," you will say, "My, but 
we have a large space in the journal." 

I am not saying this to hurt any member's feel- 
ings, wouldnt' do such a thing, but we have come 
to the point where we need wakening up. 

I thank every brother who contributed this 
month, and hope you may do more next month. 

Get all the brothers interested. Now, let's go. 

E. W. MlLLBK. 


Whereas, Our heavenly Father, in His infinite 
wisdom and love, has seen fit to call to her 
eternal home, where sorrow and parting are un- 
known, the beloved mother of our Bro. F. 
Schneider; and 

Whereas, We bow in humble submission to 
His will, knowing that He doeth all things for the 
best; therefore be it 

Resolved, That the members of the Wabash 
R. R. System Division No. 170, Order of Rail- 
road Telegraphers, extend to the sorrowing brother 
their sincere sympathy in this sad hour of his 
bereavement and be it further 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be 
sent to the bereaved brother, a copy filed with the 
division records, and a copy forwarded to The 
Telegrapher for publkration. 

C. J. Bittiker, 


E. W. Miller, 

Peru Division — 

Bro. Chase assigned to first Tilton. 

Mr. Skinner, a new man, is on third Attica, 
Miss Smith is on third West Point, and Mr. Smith 
on second Williamsport pending assignment. 

Former Night Chief Martin is working first 
Peru to Tilton, and Dispatcher Bartlow, third 
Peru to Tilton. Let's hope he stays. 

*'QP" Jones, who joined the signal corps, is 
now somewhere in England. 

Bro. Smith, Logansport, was called home on 
account of the serious illness of his mother, and 
Bro. Robertson and Mr. Medricker had to double. 

Bro. Keiff, extra Tilton, off sick, was relieved 
by Bro. Murray, from West Lebanon, and Bro. 
Wheatley and Lidgard doubled two days on ac- 
count of the shortage of men. 

Bro. Engler, third Maumee, who relieved Bro. 
King on vacation, has married and gone to the . 
"Clover Leaf." Our best wishes go with him. 

I was unable to get any notes from the east end. 
If you lay off or know of anyone that does, or 

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any other newt, please drop me a line or tell the 
operators at Wayne or **JN," so they can tell me. 
Let us have these items every month. There is 
plenty of it on this division, if we could only get 
it an together. "Lid." 

Moherly Division — 

Assignments: Bro. West to first Moulton; 
Bro. Williams to second Thompson, vice Bro. 
Romjue, to second Sturgeon; Bro. Marion to 
second Ferguson; Bro. Gwinn to third Macon, and 
Bro. Craig to second Bridgeton. 

Correction of October journal: Bro. Stephens, 
agent St. Peters, off three weeks on account of 
sickness, relieved by his wife, Sister Stephens, 
third St. Charles, who was off one week on account 
of the death of her mother. Others off owing 
to sickness were; Bro. Lindenmier, ' extra Wells- 
ville, relieved by Bro. Blanton; Bro. Scott, third 
Thompson, several weeks; Bro. Gwinn, third 
Macon, relieved by Bro. Scott. 

Bro. Meyers, second Foristell, was relieved a 
few days by Bro. Blanton, and Bro. Robinson, 
third Clark, by Bro. Koch. 

Bro. Bashaw, agent Benton City, was in Mexico 
two days attending court, relieved by Bro. Gwinn. 
of third Macon. Bro. Adams, agent Green Top, 
relieved by Bro. Mitler, and Bro. West, agent 
Queen City, relieved by Bro. J. G. West, second 
Moulton, and he by Bro. Sterritt, were also off 
two days attending court. 

Bros. Cauthom, agent Thompson, and Domon, 
Birthold and Morton, Luther, lost their stations 
by fire. 

Bros. White, agent LaPlata; Richardson, Moul- 
ton, and Sweeney, ^acon, attended the O. S. 
& D. meeting at Moberly. 

Bro. White, agent LaPlata, visiting in Kansas 
City a few days, was relieved by Bro. Begole, 
of first there, and he by Bro. Haines, of second 
there,#and he by Bro. Hughes, a new man, whom 
we welcome. 

Bro. Cameron, agent Bussey, relieved a few days 
by Bro. Hughes. 

Bro. Jackson, first Moulton, has resigned, re- 
lieved by Bro. West, of second there, and he by 
Bro. Lindenmier. 

Bro. Marion, second St. Charles, at Columbia, 
relieved by Bro. Sterritt. 

Ben Oney, Div. Cor. 

Central Vermont R. R., Div. No. 171. 

Southern Division — 

We should enter the new year with a stronger 
determination than ever before to work for the 
welfare of our system and its members. More at- 
tention should be given to the write-ups in our 
journal and never a month pass without one. I 
am going to try and have something in every 
issue. You can make my task easier if you will 
send me a few items of interest to those out of 
the service who look for our write-ups to learn 
what is doing on our system. While to us your 
item might not seem worth bothering about, to 
them it might be very interesting. 

We have taken another step forward and se- 
cured pay for Sunday work and increases of from 
$5 to $10 per month. Practically all positions 
are included in the wage scale, and there are some 
other minor concessions, and, taking everything 
into consideration, we feel that the committee -did 
splendid work and should receive from every em- 
ploye the backing that it deserves. It is only a 
matter of time until we will be as well paid as 
the telegraphers on any other system in this terri- 
tory, but to bring this about we must educate 
the non. We, have a few on this division who 
think they can continue to reap the benefits de- 
rived from organization and not pay a cent toward 
its support. We know who they are and intend 
to start a campaign of "No card, no favors." 

The new schedule has been issued and we are 
all figuring on our back pay, which we never 
before received in the history of our road by 
our branch of the service. This has been brought 
about by the organization, and yet we have those 
with us who say the organization has not benefited 
them. Let our motto be this year: *'Solid mem- 
bership and the Grand Trunk schedule." 

The general agent's position at East New Lon- 
don has been abolished, and D. J. Lynch ap- 
pointed transfer agent. 

Bro. Claude R. Wilson, who bid in Norwich 
ticket clerk and operator last June, when Bro. 
Briltin resigned, has enlisted and been assigned 
to the ordinance department as clerk. He ex- 
pects to eventually be assigned to the aviation 
corps. We all wish him good luck and a safe 
return. Mr. Allen relieved him pending bids. 

Bro. Bugbee, West Willington, confined to his 
bed some time by sickness, has resumed work 
again. Mrs. Bugbee acted as agent during his 

Bro. Heath, Lebanon, Conn., has purchased a 
new Metz touring car and spends the most of his 
spare time seeing America first. 

Sister J. L. Palmer, South Windham, Conn., 
spent a few days in Boston and other places o^ 
interest during her vacation. 

Bros. Carpenter and Chamberlin, of Willimantic, 
managed to get their vacations by doubling up 
their work, which kept them hustling for awhile 
to keep caught up. Bro. Isham, South Coventry, 
continues to attend to his duties, although he is 
the oldest agent in the country in continuous 

Bro. Randall, Mansfield, Conn., has had a large 
increase of business due to the enlarging of the 
State institution for the feebleminded. 

Bro. and Mrs. Parkhurst spent two weeks in 
St. Albans, Montreal, and places of interest in 
that section. 

Bro. Powell, Stafford, Conn., spent a few days 
visiting friends in Vermont. 

Bro. Adams, Monson, Mass., granted a month's 
leave, has been delayed in leaving on account of 
difficulty in getting relief. We hope he will soon 
be relieved and return feeling better. 

Bro. Rushworth, Palmer, Mass., was a recent 
caller on friends at South Windham. 

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Mr. Kennedy, Grand Trunk, assigned Three 
Rivers temporarily, vice Mr. Hartley, to Palmer 

Bro. Bothwell, Belchertown, enlisted, relieved 
by Ahem, temporarily. 

Bro. Chapman relieved Ralph Wilson, agent 
Willimantic, several months, the latter having 
met with an accident while assisting the trucker 
to handle a heavy piece of freight, and was under 
the doctor's care, but has recovered sufficiently to 
resume work again. 

Bro. Smith, Vernon, Vt., relieved Sisters Nash 
and Foss at Brattleboro recently. 

Mr. Stebbins, for the past eight or ten years 
dispatcher at New London, Coiin., resigned and 
was succeeded by Bro. Perkins. Bro. Cooney 
bid in the operator's position in the dispatcher's 
office. A similar position in the yard office is still 

The committee is planning for a meeting at 
Palmer, Mass., in the near future, and is trying 
to get one of our Grand officers to be present and 
give us an address. When we receive the call, let 
us all try and make it a rousing meeting. The 
schedule just secured will be the main subject dis- 

Bro. Wheeler, Townsfield, Vt., was a • recent 
visitor in Brattleboro, Vt. He spends his spare 
time tutoring pupils in shorthand and typewriting, 
and has turned out a number of very bright ones. 

My address is Uncasville, Conn. I thank the 
members who have furnished me a few of these 
items, and hope you will keep them coming. 

F. M. Wbbbek. Cert. 13. 

T. & O. C. and Z. & W. Rys., Div. No. 173. 

The general committee made one trip to meet 
the management, but on account of traffic con- 
gestion, due to storms, the officials were too busy 
moving snowbound troop trains, etc., to do busi- 
ness. The committee is to be recalled just as 
soon as conditions will permit. 

Dues-paying time is here, and in order to carry 
negotiations to a successful conclusion, every 
member is requested to pay up promptly. Those 
who have not yet done so should get busy at once, 
as we need every brother and sister behind the 
committee. It takes money to carry us through, 
but if we will all be prompt in paying dues, it is 
probable no special assessment will be necessary 
after the schedule revision is concluded. Bro. 
Cusac, Zanesville, has pzid up, being the first; 
Bro. H. L. France, Mt. Perry, second; Bro. 
Devore, Thurston, third, and Bro. Underwood, 
Bowling Green, fourth. We should follow in 
these brothers* footsteps to protect our interests. 

Following we greet as New Year members: 
L. Miller, Columbus, Ohio; C. F. Swartz, Corning, 
Ohio; Miss Margaret Fleming, Moxahala, Ohio; 
Mrs. Elsie B. Glassford. Wapakonetta, Oh'io; 
A. O. Riffle, West Mansfield, and O. N. Spung, 
Shawnee, Ohio. 

Our secretary and treasurer, Bro. W. T. Cox, 
1061 Palmwood avenue, Toledo, Ohio, advises that 
many members change their addresses without 
notifying him, and as a result mail is returned to 

him unclaimed. It is desired that each member 
drop him a card advising him of the change, giving 
the old and new address when transferred, as 
the postage bill on our division is unusually high, 
and returned letters are just a waste of funds. 
This refers to regular assigned members ,and extra 
men when permanently placed. You who have 
changed recently please advise him your present 

The recent circular letter regarding the floral 
fund has only been replied to by a very few. 

Brothers, if you were sick, would it not cheer 
you to know the boys thought of you during your 
illness? Flowers were sent to Bro. Hunter during 
his illness, and, as before stated, a wreath from 
Division 173 was also sent for the funeral. To 
refrain from using money from the general fund, 
you were as^ed to donate a small sum. Please 
remit to Bro. Cox. He advises 25 cents from each 
is sufficient. 

Positions bulletined: Agency McCutchenville. 
and second Claybank, Landgraf and Beagle. No 
advice as to recent assignments. 

Mr. Sheldon, *KO," on two weeks' vacation, 
is visiting his folks in Colorado, relieved by Mr. 
McCoy. Both nons, boys. Try and line them up; 
also Mr. Wagner, '*KO," who has promised. 

Bro. Elliott recently had a foot pedal installed 
on his phone, which was very bothersome at first. 

Mr. Clark was off several days on account of 
his son, Clyde, being run over by an auto, neces- 
sitating amputation of one limb above the knee, 
at Kenton hospital. 

Bro. McDermitt, taken sick December 18th, 
caused a double at "WI;" later relieved by Crowe. 

Bro. Powless was relieved by* Bro. Tennant the 
latter part of November to J>id his brother fare- 
well, who enlisted in the aviation corps. 

Bro. Cornwell, "HA," off a few days, and Bro. 
Williams, *'PD," transferred to Granville on bid; 
both relieved, by Crowe. 

Bro. Johnson, Columbus, has gone to th^ C. & 
M. V. 

There are several nons still with us who should 
be induced to join. A couple of them subscribed 
for Liberty Bonds and paid cash for them. One 
in particular took out a |2,000 bond, yet he does 
not help to maintain the organization. Don't give 
them any rest, and do not favor them. 

Letters were recently written to several nons 
and a stamp enclosed for reply. They were asked 
to state their attitude towards the O. R. T., if they 
could not join, but to date there has been no re- 
sponse received. They, brothers, are the ones 
who take the increases and never make a noise 
only when they do not get as much as they think is 
due them. Fight shy of them, and remember, 
"No card, no favors." 

"BD," thank you for notes. Wish more would 
do the same thing. Come again. 

"CO," Cert. 49. 


Order of Railroad Telegraphers, T. & O. C Divi- 
sion 173: 
Dear Friends — I want to thank you most heartily 
for the lovely flowers you sent my dear husband 

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dmixig his last illness, also for the beautiful floral 
I appreciate very much your kind thoughts. 
Very sincerely, 

Mas. W. W. HuMTBi. 

McCutcheonville, Ohio. 
November 29, 1917. 

Mo. A North Ark. R. R., DIv. No. 182. 

On December 5th your committee received a 
system division charter, and the entire member- 
ship has been transferred to this division. It is 
now the duty of each member, individually, to 
advance his own interests, as well as that of the 
organization, by making it solid from Joplin to 
Helena. One dollar commission will be paid by 
the secretary and treasurer to any member who 
secures and sends him application papers from one 
of the few nons left on the line. No special 
assessment for securing the new schedule will be 
made, as it b the policy of the general committee 
not to levy any special assessments if it can be 
avoided. However, your committee has found it 
necessary to increase the membership dues to $6 
semi-annually, as authorized in Section 73, page 
81, of System Division Statutes, in order to carry 
on the necessary work of the division and pay 
for stationery, postage, actual expenses of the 
committee, etc., as no provision is made in the 
Grand Division for these expenses. Heretofore 
this has been met by private contribution, but as 
it is for the benefit of all, it is only fair that all 
should share the expense equally. This increase 
represents only a fraction of the monthly increase 
in pay yoti received in the new schedule of Novem- 
ber 19, 1917, and each one should cheerfully do 
the necessary if they wish to carry on the good 
work that has been successfully started. 

All of this can not be accomplished by a few, 
and we will only be successful as far as the 
membership as a whole takes a personal interest in 
the Order. Get in touch with the new arrivals on 
the line and invite them to join. 

"No card, no favors." 

Bro. W. J. Ahrens has reumed to Batavia, and 
Bro. M. G. Beaty bid in Wheaton. Mo., agency. 

Bro. R. L. Clay relieved Dispatcher Nash a few 
days and also relieved Dispatcher Vamer while 
he spent Christmas at Searcy. 

Bro. R. S. Swain, Everton, did his Christmas 
shopping in Harrison. 

R. D. Pierce relieved E. G. Moore, operator 
Leslie, who went back into the train service. 

Bro. H. Luter has returned to Arlberg as agent 
after thirty days' honeymoon. 

Bro. T. R. Thomas was in Little Rock a few 
days attending Masonic meeting. 

Bro. O. L. Jennings, -agent Miller, has joined 
the navy, being relieved by Mr. Hooton, who has 
been checking baggage at Joplin for the Union 
Depot Co. He promises to come in. 

It is now Bro. Russell on third Heber Springs. 

Bro. E. N. Finn, Division No. 2, assigned Moro 
agency, vice O. J. Smith, resigned, will transfer 
to Division 182. 

Bro. E. B. Kern joint agent for the "Cotton 
Belt" and M. & N. A. at Fargo, was murdered 
about 6 p. m., December 19th, by a robber who 
tried to hold him up. He resisted and was getting 
the best of it when the robber shot him twice, 
killing him instantly. None of the company's 
funds were secured. 

The new schedule makes all jobs desirable, the 
ten-hour day making a little overtime for the boys 
on the north end on account of No. 2 being late 
owing to heavy express and baggage business. 

Extra men are scarce and no relief in sight, but 
other roads are in worse shape than the "North 

If any of you have a grievance, take it up with 
the local chairman at once, and I am Sure it will 
be fixed up without delay. 

Keep after the nons and let's make Division 182 
solid for a starter. 

Send any news notes or correspondence for The 
Tblbgeaphbr to R. L. Clay, P. O. Box 366, 
Harrison, Ark., before the 20th of the month, so 
he may get them to St. Louis in time for the 
current issue of Thb Telegrapher. 

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Index to Division Directory 

Name of Division. 

No. Name of Division. No. 

108 Maine Central Ry 140 

114 Michigan Central Ry 16 

164 Minneapolis & St. Louis Ry 71 

128 Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Ry. 119 

146 Missouri & North Arkansas R. R 182 

15 Missouri, Kansas & Texas Ry 22 

33 Missouri, Oklahoma & Gulf Ry 174 

il 33 Missouri Pacific Ry 31 

83 Mobile & Ohio Ry 24 

51 New Haven, Conn 29 

41 New Orleans Great Northern R. R 179 

89 New Rochelle. N. Y 37 

156 New York Central Ry 8 

92 New York Central Ry. West 19 

11 New York. Chicago A St. Louis Ry 18 

43 New York N. Y 44 

7 New York. Ontario & Western Ry 20 

175 Norfolk Southern Ry 147 

46 Norfolk & Western Ry 14 

171 Northern Alabama Ry 59 

40 Northern Pacific Ry 54 

168 Northwestern Pacific Ry 165 

34 Oregon Short Line 172 

76 Oregon-Washington Ry. & Navigation Co 161 

130 Panama Rjr 158 

* 96 Pennsylvania Ry. (Lines east of Pittsburg and 

91 Erie) 17 

(y 9 Pennsylvania Ry. (Lines west of Pittsburg).. 36 

23 Pere Marquette Ry 39 

126 Philadelphia & Reading Ry 10 

nahaRy.. 4 Pittsburg, Pa 52 

y. 180 Providence, R. 1 35 

Ry 21 Quebec, Que 115 

Louis Ry . 3 Queen & Crescent Route (North) 62 

99 Queen & Crescent Route (South) 69 

81 Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Ry 125 

59 Rutland Ry 157 

12 St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Ry 31 

49 St. Louis, Mo 2 

77 St. Louis-San Francisco Ry 32 

48 St. Louis, San Francisco & Texas Ry 177 

116 San Antonio & Aransas Pass Ry 141 

137 San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Ry Ill 

42 Seaboard Air Line Ry 28 

160 Southern Ry 59 

145 Southern Ry. in Mississippi 24 

50 Southern Pacific Ry 53 

167 Sprinfffield, Mass 38 

56 Temiskaming & Northern Ontario Ry 99 

133 Tennessee (Tentral Railroad 178 

36 Texas & Pacific Ry 88 

1 Toledo & Ohio Central Ry 173 

1 Tring Junction, Que 131 

70 Tilnity & Brazos Valley Ry 144 

142 Ulster & Delaware Ry 113 

166 Union Pacific Ry • 6 

80 Virginia, Minn 127 

155 Virginian Ry 13 

40 Wabash Ry 170 

93 Wabash, Pittsburg Terminal Ry 35 

25 Washington, D. C 60 

118 Western Maryland Ry 82 

5 Western Pacific Ry 153 

163 West Side Belt Ry 55 

181 Wheeling & Lake Erie Ry 55 

120 Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Ry 93 

124 Zanesville & Western Ry 173 

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Assessment No. 141 is due January 1, 1918 
Time for payment expires February 28, 1918 


On $» 300 00 (Series A) $2 40 per year 

On 500 00 (Series B) 3 60 per year 

On 1,000 00 (Series C) 7 20 per year 

Claim Cbit. 

No. Namk. Cause. Div. No. Ssrxbs. Amt. 

2217.. Angus D. McDonald.. . Acute Nephritis 33. .38386. .A. .$ 300 00 

2218. .T. J. Newman Pulmonary Tuberculosis 23. .22877. .C. . 1,000 00 

2219.. Wm. J. Hall Accident 23.. 7378.. B.. 500 00 

2220.. Martin Braden Neuralgia of Heart 53.. 324.. C. 1,000 00 

2221. .Emile Jodoin Railroad Accident 12. .48694. .C. . 1,000 00 

2222. .W. X. Krasinsky Gastric Ulcer-Peritonitis 23. .48055. .A. . 300 00 

2223. .F. C Melvin Myocarditis : . . 17. .24600. .C. . 1,000 00 

2224. .W. H. Currie Acute Nephritis 93. .31008. .B. . 500 00 

2225.. A. J. Crew Alcoholism 1.. 2566.. C. 1,000 00 

2226 . . C. B. Williams Pulmonary Tuberculosis 168 . . 40812 . . A . . 300 00 

2228. .James L Whiting Acute Nephritis 161. .23547. .C. . 1,000 00 

2229. .Alexander McPhee Pneumonia 5. .32028. .C. . 1,000 00 

2230.. Daniel E. Ball, Jr Pulmonary Tuberculosis 29. .30899. .C. . 1,000 00 

2231.. B. N. Rice Organic Heart Disease 14. .21231. .A. .' 300 00 

Total $10,200 00 


Received on Assessments to November 30, 1917 $1,990,801 60 

Received on Assessments December, 1917 15,696 87 

Total $2,006,498 47 


Death Claims paid to November 30, 1917 $1,368,077 47 

Death Claims paid December, 1917 10,200 00 

Assessments refunded account rejected applications 2,263 92 

Assessments transferred to dues 315 03 

Cash on hand credit Mortuary Fund, December 31, 1917 625,642 05 

Total $2,006,498 47 

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Official Directory 

General Offices, St. Louis, Mo. 


H. B. PERHAM President C. B. RAWLINS . . Grand Secretary and Treasurer 

St. Louis, Mo. St Louis, Mo. 

W. T. BROWN First Vice-President T. M. PIERSON Second Vice-President 

6039 Rhodes ave., Chicago, III. Central Square. N. Y. 

G. D. ROBERTSON Third Vice-President J. J. DERMODY Fourth Vice-President 

R. R. 3, Wclland, Ont. Can. 970 Kirbert avc. Price Hill, Cincinnati, Ohio. 

E. J. MANION Fifth Vice-President 

Room 814, Star Bldg., St. Louis, Mo. 


J. F. Miller, Chairman, 291^ Huntingdon ave., G. E. Soyster, Room 309, Drexel Bank Bldg., 763 

Baltimore, Md. Oakwood blvd., Chicago, 111. 

B. E. Nason, SecreUry, North Branch, Minn. H. G. Alexander, 122 Tate St., Greensboro, N. C. 

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Division Directory 

GRAND DIVISION— Attached Membership not 
confined to any particular railroad or territory. 
H. B. Perham, President, St. Louis, Mo.; C. B. 
Rawlins, Grand Secretary and Treasurer, St. 
Louis, Mo. 

No. 1 — Division covers the Grand Trunk and 
Grand Trunk Pacific Rys. Meets subject to 
call of Chairman. L. M. Eddy, Gen'l Chair- 
man Grand Trunk Ry., Marcellus, Mich.; M. R. 
Brewer, Gen'l Chairman Grand Trunk Pacific 
Ry., Atwater, Sask.; D. L. Shaw, Geni S. & T., 
867 Waterloo st., London, Ont. 

No. 2, ST. LOUIS, MO.— Meets 3d Monday of 
each month at 8 p. m., Small Hall, South side, 
third floor, Masonic Temple (Odeon bldg.). 
Grand and Finney aves., St Louis, Mo.; L. W. 
Quick, Chief Telegrapher, 8th floor Star bldg., 
St. Louis, Mo.; R. J. McElhinncy, S. & T., 
4110a Arsenal St., St. Louis, Mo. 

No. 3 — Division covers C. C. C. & St. Louis Rail- 
way System. I. E. Schlosser, Gen'l Chairman, 
1019 South Third st., Pekin, 111.; Geo. Laven- 
good, Gen'l S. & T., 404 Monroe St., Alex- 
andria, Ind. System meeting held at ^Spencer 
Hotel, Indianapolis, Ind., subject to call of the 
Gen'l Chairman. 

No. 4— Division covers the C, St. P., M. & O. Ry. 
W. J. Liddanc, Gen'l Chairman. 1687 Berkley 
avc., St. Paul, Minn.; D. O. Tcnncy, Gen'l S. & 
T., 328 Fulton st., Mankato, Minn. 

No. 5 — Division covers the Kansas City Southern 
Railway System. Meets subject to call of Chair- 

man. R. C. Ocheltree, Gen'l Chairman, Siloam 
Springs, Ark.; J. D. Townsend, Sr., Gen'l S. 
& T., Heavener, Okla. 

No. 6 — Division covers the Union Pacific Railroad. 
Meets subject to call of Gen'l Chairman. E. L. 
Stump, Gen'l Chairman, 433 Keeline bldg., 
Omaha, Neb.; John H. Hughey, Jr., Gen'l S. & 
T., Box 294, Junction City, Kan. 

No. 7 — Division covers the Canadian Pacific Rail- 
road. Meets subject to call of Chairman. J. M. 
Mein, Gen'l Chairman, 41 Noble ave., Elmwood, 
Winnipeg, Man.; A. E. Chapman, Chairman 
Eastern Lines, 265 Piccadilly st., London, Ont.; 
R. C. Wilton, Gen'l S. & T., Kenora. Ont. 

No. 8 — Division covers the New York Central Ry. 
H. B. Morey, Gen'l Chairman, 904 Jefferson 
ave., Utica, N. Y.; A. E, Blim, Gen'l S. & T., 
Chili Station, N. Y. 

No. 9— Division covers the C. I. & L. Ry. J. E. 
Hollon, Gen'l Chairman, 2815 Cornell ave.f 
Indianapolis, Ind.; M. T. Parks, Gen'l S. & T., 
Box 2, Bainbridge, Ind. 

No. 10 — Division covers the Philadelphia & Read- 
ing Ry. C. B. Rawlins, Acting Gen'l S. & T., 
St. Louis, Mo. 

No. 11 — Division covers the Canadian Government 
Rys. J. J. Trainor, Gen'l Chairman, care of 
P. E. I. Ry.. Charlottetown. P. E. I.; Wm. Par- 
sons, Gen'l S. & T., Drawer 201, Drummond- 

ville, Quebec. 

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No. 12 — DiTtsion covers the Delaware & Hudson 
Rr. Ssrstem, Quebec, Montreal & Southern and 
Napierville Junction Rya. Regular meetings 4th 
Saturday of each month at 7:30 p. m., i^ A. F. 
of L. Hall, Congress st., Troy, N. Y. Other 
meetings subject to call of Chairman. G. A. 
Johnson, Gen'l Chairman, Room 21, Stanwix 
Hall, Albany, N. Y.; Jos. Perrault, Chairman 
Canadian Lines, Iberville Jet., Que.; O. C. 
Benjamin, Gen*l S. ft T., Dresden Sution, N. Y. 

No. 13 — Division covers Virginian Ry. H. W. 
Hix, Gen'l Chairman, Box 18, Salem. Va.; J. £. 
Goodwin, Gen'l S. & T.« Box 24, Eggleston, Va. 

No, 14 — Division covers the Norfolk ft Western 
Railway System. Meets subject to call of Chair* 
man. C. B. Lane ,Gen'l Chairman, Crewe, Va., 
J. L, George, Gen'l S. & T., Box 402, 
Roanoke, Va. 

No. 15 — Division covers the Atlantic Coast Line 
R. R. B. F. Wheelor, Gen'l Chairman. Oviedo, 
Fla.; J. H. WilUams, Gen'l S. & T., Wilson, 
N. C 

No. 16 — Division covers the Michigan Central Rail- 
road. Meets 3d Monday of each month at 7:30 
p. m.. Prismatic Hall, 130 First St., Detroit, 
Mkh. J. C Culkins, Gen'l Chairman, Albion, 
Mich.; J. H. Staley, Gen'l S. ft T., Box 1314, 
Welland, Ont. 

No. 17 — Division covers Pennsylvania Railroad 
Lines east of Pittsburg and Erie. J. F. Miller, 
Gen'l Cbairman, 2916 Huntingdon ave., Balti- 
more, Md.; W. M. Skinner, Gen'l S. ft T., 115 
S. Potomac St., Baltimore, Md. 

No. 18 — Division covers the New York, Chicago 
ft St. Louis Railroad System. F. F. Cowley. 
Gen'l Chairman, 519 W. Lincoln St., Findlay, 
Ohio; C O. Crisenberry, Gen'l S. ft T., Knox, 

No. 19 — Division covers New York Central Rail- 
road West. G. E. Kipp, Gen'l Chairman, Bias- 
dell, N. Y.; G. R. Smith, Assistant Gen'l Chair- 
man, Rockwood, Mich.; E. D. Graham. Gen'l S. 
& T., Mishawaka, Ind. 

No. 20 — Division covers the New York, Ontario 
& Western Railway System. Meets subject to 
call of Chairman. L. R. Conner, Gen'l Chair- 
mad, Cottekill, N. Y.; H. D. Pfoor, Gen'l S. ft 
T., P. O. Box 28, Jermyn, Pa. 

No. 21 — Division covers the Cincinnati, Indian- 
apolis ft Western Ry. Meets subject to call of 
Chairman. J. H. Carter, Gen'l Chairman, Mar- 
shall, Ind.; J. V. Cummins, Genl S. ft T., 
1147 North Mount St., Indianapolis, Ind. 

No. 22 — Division covers Missouri, Kansas ft Texas 
Railway System. G. H. Beck. Gen'l Chairman, 
522 Jefferson St. St. Charles. Mo.; R. C. Jack- 
son. Gen'l S. ft T., 818 East ave., B, Temple, 

No. 23 — Division covers the Chicago. Milwaukee 
& St. Paul Railway. Bellingham ft Northern 
Railway. Big Blackfoot Railway. Gallatin Valley 

Railway, Puget Sound ft Willapa Harbor Rail- 
way, Seattle. Port Angeles ft Western Railway 
and Tacoma-Eastern Railroad. G. E. Soyster. 
Gen'l Chairman. Room 309. Drexel Bank bldg.. 
765 Oakwood blvd., Chicago, 111.; Ed. R. Der- 
rickson, Gen'l S. ft T., Room 309, Drexel Bank 
bldg., 765 Oakiyood blvd., Chicago, 111. 

No. 24 — Division covers the M. ft O. and Southern 
Ry. in Mississippi. L. T. Murdaugh, Gen'l 
Chairman, 513 N. Royal St., Jackson, Tenn.; 
C. E. Hendley, Gen'l S. ft T., Artesia, Miss. 

No. 25 — Division covers the International ft Great 
Northern Railway System. Meets subject to call 
of Chairman. T. C. Berry, Gen'l Chairman. 
510 East Guenther st.. San Antonio, Tex.; D. D. 

. Hungate, Gen'l S. ft T., Jewett, Tex. 

No. 27 — Division covers St. Louis Southwestern 
Ry. Meets subject to call of Chairman. H. C. 
Frizielle, Gen'l Chairman, Bearden, Ark.; C. B. 
Welch, Gen'l S. ft T., St. FrancU, Ark. 

No. 28 — Division covers the Seaboard Air Line 
Railway System. Meets subject to call of Chair- 
man. D. May, Gen'l Chairman, Carlton, Ga.; 
F. O. Gumming, Gen'l S. ft T., 15 Dinwiddie 
st, Portsmouth, Va. 

No. 29, NEW HAVEN, CONN.— Meets 1st Fri- 
day of each month at 8 p. m., and 3d Tuesday 
of each month at 10 a. m., in Red Men's Hall, 
48 Church st, cor. Crown, New Haven, Conn. 
O. S. Culver, Chief Tel., 170 Grafton St., New 
Haven, Conn.; G. F. McCormack, S. ft T., 95 
Main St., West Haven, Conn. 

No. 31 — Division covers the Missouri Pacific Rail- 
way System. Meets subject to call of Chairman. 
H. J. Mohler. Gen'l Chairman, Room 812, Star 
bldg., St. Louis, Mo.; N. S. Morgan, Gen'l S. 
& T., Room 812, Star bldg., St. Louis, Mo. 

No. 32 — Division covers the St Louis-San Fran- 
cisco Railway System. Meets subject to call of 
Chairman. C. G. Kelso, Gen'l Chairman, 519 
Woodruff bldg., Springfield, Mo.; M. T. Fulling- 
ton, Gen'l S. ft T., 519 Woodruff bldg., Spring- 
field, Mo. 

No. 33 — Division covers the Baltimore & Ohio 
Railroad System. Meets subject to call of the 
Chairman. J. Yeager, Gen'l Chairman, 2227 
West Liberty ave., Pittsburg, Pa.; B. C. Lewis, 
Ass't Gen'l Chairman, Williamstown, , W. Va. ; 
E. A. Shaffer, Gen'l S. ft T., Oakland, Md. 

No. 34 — Division covers the Chicago & Eastern 
Illinois Railway System. Meets subject to the 
call of Chairman. H. H. Skiles Gen'l Chair- 
man, R. F. D. No. 5, Evansville, Ind.; O. A. 
Hixon, Gen'l S. & T., 606 Jewel St., Danville, 111. 

No. 35, PROVIDENCE, R. I.— Meets 3d Saturday 
of each month in Swarts Lodge, Odd Fellows' 
Hall, 96 Westminster St., Providence, R. I. 
A. H. Haddock, Chief Tel., Ill Narragansett St., 
Edgewood. Cranston, R. I.; D. M. Callis, S. ft 
T., Touisset, Mass. 

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No. 36 — Division covers the Pennsylvania Lines 
west of Pittsburg. Meets subject to call of the 
Chairman. C. B. Rawlins, Acting Gen*! S.*& T., 
Star bldg., St. Louis, Mo. 

No. 37, NEW ROCHELLE, N. Y.— Meets 2d 
Friday evening each month, 7:30 p. m., in 
Metropolitan Hall on North ave., near Huge- 
nut St., New Rochelle, N. Y. Geo. E. Woods, 
Chief Tel., 265 Greenwich ave., Stamford, 
Conn.; B. £. S. Seaman, S. & T., 1143 Long- 
fellow ave.. New York, N. Y. 

No. 38, SPRINGFIELD, MASS.— Meets 3d Sat- 
urday each month 7 p. m., in Harmony Hall, 
Myrick bldg., Worthington St., Springfield* 
Mass. Frank P. Sargent, Chief Tel., 36 Colton 
ave., Merrick, Mass.; M. J. Walsh, S. & T., IS 
Moseley ave., Merrick, Mass. • 

No. 39 — Division covers the Pere Marquette Rail- 
road System. Meets subject to call of Chair- 
man. R. M. Burr, Gen'l Chairman, Central 
Lake, Mich.; C. P. Neff, GenM S. & T., Lock 
Box 334, Lowell, Mass. 

No. 40 — Division covers the Chesapeake & Ohio, 
Chesapeake & Ohio of Indiana and the Hocking 
Valley Rys. L. E. Hicks, Gen'l Chairman, 
Craigsville. Va.; J. W. Riser, GenM S. & T., 
Box 792, Huntington, W. Va. 

No. 41 — Division covers Boston & Maine R. R. 
Meetings subject to call of General Chairman or 
Local Chairman. J. B. Bode, Gen'l Chairman, 
SO Tudor St., Chelsea, Mass.; L. P. Clifton, 
Ass't Gen'l Chairman, 41 Morton St., Waltham, 
Mass.; H. L. Jones, Gen'l S. & T., R. F. D. 
No. 37, Fremont, N. H. 

No. 42 — Division covers the Erie Railroad System. 
Meets subject to call of Chairman. E. J. Hes- 
ser, Gen'l Chairman, 364 Wallace place, Elmira, 
N. Y.; C. L. Bridge, Gen'l S. & T., 21 Allen 
St., Deposit, N. Y. 

No. 43 — Division covers Canadian Northern Rail- 
way System. Meets subject to call of Chairman. 
Louis F. Muncey, Gen'l Chairman, 761 Broad- 
way, Winnipeg, Man.; A. Chard, Ass't Gen'l 
Chairman, Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.; G. H. 
Palmer, Gen'l S. & T., Dauphin, Man. 

No. 44, NEW YORK, N. Y.— Meets 2d Saturday 
each month' at 8 p. m., in Fraternity Hall, 22 
Harriman ave., Jamaica, N. Y.; C. B. Van Nos- 
trand. Chief Tel., Hempstead, N. Y.; L. Mer- 
inger, S. & T., 1244 Chestnut st, Richmond 
Hill, N. Y. 

No. 46 — Division covers the Central of Georgia 
Railway System. Meets subject to call of Chair- 
man. C. H. Livscy, Gen'l Chairman, East Point, 
Ga.; O. S. Travis, Gen'l S. & T., 49 Lee St.. 
Route 127, Atlanta, Ga. 

No. 48 — Division covers the Detroit, Toledo & 
I ronton Railway. Meets subject to call of Chair- 
man. R. L. Palmer, Gen'l Chairman, 95 W. 
Main St., Jackson, Ohio; D. R. Murray, Gen'l 
S. & X, Good Hope, Ohio. 

No. 49 — Division covers the Denver & Rio Grande 
' Railway System. Meets subject to call of Chair- 
man. H. J. Fulton, Gen'l Chairman, 112 E. 
11th St., Leadville, Colo.; J. C. Brannan, Gen'l 
S. & T., 1014 S. Union ave., Pueblo, Colo. 

No. SO — Division covers the Georgia Ry. R. B. 
Morgan, Gen'l Chairman, Dearing, Ga.; J. P. 
Luckey, Gen'l S. & T., Dearing, Ga. 

No. 51 — Division covers Bessemer & Lake Erie 
Railway System. Meets the 4th Thursday of 
each month in Eagle's Hall, Greenville, Pa. 

C. M. Miller, Geni Chairman, 11 First ave., 
Greenville, Pa.; E. E. Keane, Gen'l S. & T.. 
Box 103, Greenville, Pa. 

No. 52, PITTSBURG, PA.— Meets Saturday, July 
1, 1916, and each alternating Saturday there- 
after at 7:45 p. m., 231-233 Fifth ave., 3d floor, 
Roberts bldg., Pittsburg, Pa.' H. H. Kreiser. 
Chief Tel., Aliquippa, Pa.; R. W. Bees, S. ft 
T., Box 314, Beaver, Pa. 

No. 53 — Division covers Southern Pacific Railway 
System. Meets subject to call of Chairman. 
T. T. Cull, Gen'l Chairman, 303-305 Pacific 
bldg., San Francisco, Cal.; A. E. Laisure, Ass't 
Gen'l Chairman, 622 Euclid ave., Houston, Tex.; 
A. M. Hammond, Gen'l S. & T., 303-305 Pacific 
bldg., San Francisco, Cal. 

No. 54 — Division covers the Northern Pacific 
Railway System. Meets subject to call of Chair- 
man. Sam Johnson, Gen'l Chairman, North 
Branch, Minn.; B. E. Nason, Gen'l S. & T., 
North Branch, Minn. 

No. 55 — Division covers the Wheeling & Lake 
Erie and Wabash Pittsburg Terminal and West 
Side Belt Railways. Meets 3d Saturday even- 
ing of each month at Harmon, Ohio. J. O. Peo- 
ples, Gen'l Chairman, Bolivar, Ohio; C. E. Balt- 
zer, Gen'l S. & T., Box 246, Navarre, Ohio. 

No. 56 — Division covers Georgia Southern & 
Florida Railway System. G. L. Siebert, Gen'l 
Chairman, Valdosta. Ga.; F. H. Cason,, Gen'l S. 
& T., Lake City, Fla. 

No. 59 — Division covers the Southern, Northern 
Alabama and Danville & Western Railroads. 
Meets subject to call of Chairman. H. G. Alex- 
ander, Gen'l Chairman, 122 Tate St., Greens- 
boro, N. C; J. W. Burgess, G. S. & T., 223 
Ninth St., S. W., Charlottesville, Va. 

No. 60,. WASHINGTON, D. C— Meets 2d 
Wednesday of each month at 8 p. m., at 811 
E St., N. W., Washington, D. C J. E. BUdes, 
Chief Tel., 1529 East Capitol st, Washington, 

D. C; J. Webb Richman, S. & T., 1424 W St., 
N. W., Washington, D. C. 

No. 62 — Division covers the Queen & Crescent 
Route (North). J. W. Anderson, Gen'l Chair- 
man, Oakdale, Tenn.; L. C. Higdon, Gen'l S. ft 
T., Battelle, Ala. 

No. 69 — Division covers the Queen & Crescent 
Route (South). Meets subject to call of Chair- 
man. H. O. Pcavey, Gen'l Chairman, Meehan 
Jet., Miss.; E. G. Matthews, Gen'l S. & T., 125 
Minerva St., Jackson, Miss. 

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No. 70 — DiTision covers Great Northern Railway 
System. C. B. Rawlins, Acting Gen'l S. & T., 
St. Louis, Mo. 

No. 71— Division covers the Minneapolis & St. 
Louis Ry. A. L. Gardner, Gen'l Chairman, 
Steamboat Rock, Iowa; J. C. Sandmier, GenM 
S. & T., Waukee, Iowa. 

No. 76— Division covers the Chicago & North 
Western Railroad System. Meets subject to call 
of General or Local Chairman. E. J. Thomas, 
Genl Chairman, Room 511, Webster bldg., 327 
S. LaSalle st., Chicago, 111.; R. B. Boyington, 
GcnT S. & T., Room 511, Webster bldg., 327 S. 
LaSalle st, Chicago, 111. 

No. 77, DENVER, COLO.— Meets 1st Monday 
evening in each month at Markham Hotel, Den- 
ver, Colo. C. S. Guernsey, Chief Tel., Apt. 16, 
2018 Calif. St., Denver, Colo.; F. Eppelsheimer, 
S. & T., 2341 King St., Denver, Colo. 

No. 80— Division covers the Gulf, Mobile & 
Northern Ry. T. R. Craig, Gen'l Chairman. 
Falkner, Miss.; H. C. Hughes, Gen'l S. & T., 
New Augusta, Miss. 

No. 81 — Division covers Colorado Midland Rail- 
road System. Meets subject to call of Chair- 
man. C. E. Crispell, Gen'l Chairman, Arkansas 
JcL, Colo.; J. F. Jones, GenM S. & T., Car- 
bondale, Colo. 

So. 82 — Division covers Western Maryland Ry. 
System. Meets subject to call of Gen'l Chair- 
man. K. M. Stover, Gen'l Chairman, Beryl, 
W. Va.; E. C Kohlbaugh, Gen'l S. & T., 8 Third 
st, Hanover, Pa. 

No. 83 — Division covers the Bangor & Aroostook 
Railroad System. Meets subject to call of the 
Chairman. A. M. McNair, Gen'l Chairman, 
East Dover, Me.; J. L. Robbins, Gen'l S. & T., 
Grindstone, Me. 

No. 88 — Division covers the Texas & Pacific Rail- 
way System. Meets subject to call of the Chair- 
man. J. P. Abney, Gen'l Chairman, Longview, 
Tex.; R. E. Cecil, Gen'l S. & T., Opelousas, La. 

No. 89, BOSTON, MASS.— Meets first Saturday 
each month at 8 p. m., in Pilgrim Hall, also 
3d Saturday each month at 10 a. m. (daylight 
meeting) in Pilgrim Hall, 694 Washington st, 
Boston, Mass. W. L. Enos, Chief Tel., Box 
382 Cobasset, Mass.; J. H. McDermott, S. & T., 
46 Crocker st, Mansfield, Mass. 

No. 91, CHICAGO, ILL.— Meets 1st Saturday of 
each month at 8:15 p. m., in Hall 912, Masonic 
Temple, cor. Randolph and. State sts., Chicago, 
ni. Gardner Dal Jones, Chief Tel., Apartment 
1, 4838 Vincennes ave., Chicago, 111.; W. E. 
Carter, S. & T., 5532 Broadway, Chicago, 111. 

No. 92— Division covers the Buffalo, Rochester & 
Pittsburg Railway System. Meets subject to 
the call of Chairman. M. P. Burke, Gen'l 
Chairman, Falls Creek, Pa.; £. H. Eastman. 
Gen'l S. & T., 1001 West Main St., Punxsu- 
Uwney, Pa. 

No. 93 — Division covers the Illinois Central Rail- 
road and- the Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Rail- 
road. Meets subject to call of Chairman. C. A. 
Mulhall, Gen'l Chairman, Clarkson, Ky.; L. M. 
Elliott, Gen'l Chairman, Y. & M. V. Lines, Roll- 
ing Forks. Miss.; G. E. Chance, Ass't Gen'l 
Chairman, Mounds, 111.; R. L. Shannon, Gen'l 
S. & T., Anna. lU. 

No. 96 — Division covers Chicago Great Western 
Railway System. Meets subject to call of Chair- 
man. A. L. Coleman, Gen'l Chairman, 1941 
Thompson ave., Kansas City, Kan.; C. E. Norris, 
Gen'l S. & T., Box 320, South St Paul, Minn. 

No. 99, COBALT, ONT.— Covers Temiskaming & 
Northern Ontario Ry. Meets on call of Gen'l 
Chairman. R. Richardson, Chief Tel., Latch- 
ford, Ont; R. Workman, Gen'l Chairman, North 
Bay Ont.; T. J. Baker, S. & T.. Redwater, Ont 

No. 108, ADDISON, N. Y.— Meets subject to call 
of Chief Telegrapher. L. L. Lerch, Chief Tel., 
Knoxville, Pa.; C. E. Belcher, S. & T., Osceola, 

No. Ill — Division covers San Pedro, Los Angeles 
& Salt Lake Railway System. MeeU subject to 
call of Chairman. W. D. McGee, Gen'l S. & T., 
324 Concord St., Los Angeles, Cal. 

No. 113 — Division covers the Ulster & Delaware 
System. Meets 'subject to call of Chairman. 
M. L. Klein, Gen'l Chairman, 74 Abeel st, 
Kingston, N. Y.; G. C. Hedges, Ass't Gen'l 
Chairman, Mt Pleasant, N. Y.; L. P. Riley, 
Gen'l S. & T., Phoenicia, N. Y. 

No. 114, ANNAPOLIS JIOYAL, N. S.— H. A. 
Jacques, Chief Tel., Middletown, N. S.; SUnley 
Tavener, S. & T., Tupperville, Anna Co., N. S. 

No. 115 — Division covers Quebec Ry. Light & 
Power Co.'s Ry. Meets subject to call of Chair- 
man. E. Richard, Chairman, 199a Crown St.. 
Quebec, Que.; J. E. Potvin, S. & T., Gifford, 
Quebec, Que., Can. 

No. 116 — Division covers the Duluth, South Shore 
& Atlantic Railway System. Meets 2d Sunday 
of February, April, June, August, October ' and 
December, in place designated by Gen'l Chair- 
man. P. M. Stillman, Gen'l Chairman, Seney, 
Mich.; C. W. Danielson, Gen'l S. & T., Chassell, 

No. 118 — Division covers Kanawha & Michigan 
Railway System. A. P. Hines, Gen'l Chairman, 
R. F. D. 4, Glouster, Ohio; R. M. Henderson, 
Gen'l S, & T., 839 South st, Toledo, Ohio. 

No. 119 — Division covers the Minneapolis, St. Paul 
& Sault Ste. Marie Railway System. G. W. 
Lewis, Gen'l Chairman, 2921 Chicago ave.. 
Minneapolis, Minn.; F. C. Paine, Gen'l S. & 
T., Erskine, Minn. 

No. 120 — Division covers Lake Erie & Western 
Railway System. C. J. Turner, Gen'l Chairman, 
Ambia, Ind.; M. A. Steckel, Gen'l S. & T., 
Atlanta, Ind. 

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No. 124 — Division covers Lehigh Valley Railway 
System. C. B. Rawlins, Acting Gcn'l S. & T., 

711 Sur bldg., St. Louis, Mo. 

No. 125 — Division covers Richmond, Fredericks- 
burg & Potomac Railway System. Meets at 8 
p. m., the 2d Friday of each month, at Freder- 
icksburg. Z. Talbott, Gen'l Chairman, R. F. D. 

4, Alexandria, Va.; J. C. Farmer, Gen'l S. & T., 

712 Main St., Fredericksburg, Va. 

No. 126 — Division covers Chicago, Rock Island & 
Pacific Railway System. W. F. Kay, Geni 
Chairman, Room 1, 304 W. 63d St., Chicago, 111.; 

5. P. Ayers, Vice-Chairman, Windsor, Mo.; 
W. H. Dunnam, Gen'l S. & T., Room 1. 304 W. 
63d St., Chicago, 111. 

No. 127, VIRGINIA, MINN.— W. W. Woodward, 
Chief Tel., Ribbing, Minn.; C. J. Kcenan, S. & 
T., Calumet, Minn. 

No. 128 — Division covers the Atchison, Topeka & 
Santa Fe Railway System. Meets subject to call 
of Chairman. L. A. Tanquary, Gen'l Chairman, 
Board of Trade bldg., Pueblo, Colo.; C. B. 
Rawlins, Acting Gen'l S. & T., St. Louis, Mo. 

No. 130 — Division covers Chicago, Burlington & 
Quincy Railroad System. Meets subject to call 
of Chairman. W. F. Denton, Gen'l Chairman, 
Sterling, Neb.; E. F. Todd, Ass't Gen'l Chair- 
man, Sandwich, 111.;. J. H. Rogers, Jr., Gen'l 
S. & T., 1505 Market st.. La Crosse, Wis. 

No. 131, TRING JUNCTION, QUE.— J. E. Mar- 
coux. Chief Tel., Leeds Station, Que.; E. Lafon- 
taine, S. & T., Tring Junction, Que. 

No. 133, GLACE BAY, N. S.— L. L. McNamara» 
Chief Tel., Glace Bayt N. S.; C. H. Dow. S. & 
T., P. O. Box 4, Bridgeport, N. S. 

No. 137 — Division covers El Paso & Southwestern 
Railway System. E. P, Waples, Acting Gen'l 
S. & T., 4459 Clarence ave., St. Louis, Mo. 

No. 140 — Division covers Maine Central Railroad 
System. Meets subject to call of Chairman. 
E. J. Hayes, Gen'l Chairman, Leeds Junction, 
Me.; H. N. Bates, Gen'l S. & T., Gardiner, Me. 

No. 141 — ^Division covers San Antonio & Aransas 
Pass Railroad System. Meets subject to call of 
Chairman. A. H. Barnett, Gen'l Chairman, 
Gregory, Tex.; R. O. Little, Gen'l S. & T., 
Altair, Tex. 

No. 142— Division covers the Green Bay & West- 
ern Railway System. Meets subject to call of 
Chairman. D. Benrud, Gen'l Chairman, Blair, 
Wis.; L. P. Curran, Gen'l S. & T., Winona, 

No. 144 — Division covers the Trinity & Brazos 
Valley Railway System. Meets subject to call 
of Chairman. C. H. Crockett, Gen'l Chairman, 
North Zulch, Tex.; N. W. Smith, Gen'l S. & T. 
Box 493, Teague, Tex. 

No. 145— Division covers the Ft. W. & D. C. Ry. 
System. R. G. Wales, Gen'l Chairman, Box 976, 
Wichita Falls, Tex.; A. C. Atkins, Gen'l S. & T., 
817 Hemphill St., Ft. Worth, Tex. 

No. 146 — Division covers the Atlanta, Birmingham 
& Atlantic Ry. System. Meets subject to call 
of Gen'l Chairman. Owen D. Gorman, Gen'l 
Chairman, Mauk, Ga.; C. A. Pye, Gen'l S. & T., 
Douglas, Ga. * 

No. 147 — Division covers the Norfolk Southern 

Ry. System. Meets subject to call of Gen'l 

Chairman. Miss S. D. Taylor, Gen'l S. & T., 
care J. H. Williams, Wilson, N. C. 

No. 153 — Division covers the Western Pacific Ry. 
V. W. Breeding, Gen'l Chairman, 770 Eleventh 
St.. Oakland. Cal.; H. B. Marshall. Gen'l S. 
& T., Pleasant Grove, Cal. 

No. 155, HAMILTON, ONT.— Covers Toronto. 
Hamilton & Buffalo Ry. Meets 2d Sunday of 
each month at 3:30 p. m., in I. O. O. F. Hall. 
Temple bldg.. Gore St., Hamilton, Ont. J. J. 
O'Connor, Chief Tel., 45 Magill St., Hamilton, 
Ont.; E. D. Armstrong, S. & T., Box 98, Smith- 
ville, Ont. 

No. 156, BOSTON, MASS.— Meets in Rathbone 
Hall, 694 Washington st:, Boston, Mass., 3d 
Thursday each month, day and night alternately, 
commencing with the day meeting in July. Day- 
light meetings 11 a. m., 'night meetings 7 p. m. 
Robert H. Buxton, Chief Tel., 8 Dresden st., 
Jamaica, Plain, Boston, Mass.; F. J. Dansereau, 

5. & T., 65 Boylston st., Jamaica Plain, Boston, 

No. 157 — Division covers the Rutland Ry. Ed- 
mund V. Page, Acting Gen'l Chairman and Act- 
ing Gen'l S. & T., Chatham, N. Y. 

No. 158 — Division covers the Panama Ry. A. V. 
Losea, Gen'l Chairman, Box 17, Pedro Miguel, 
Canal Zone; P. A. Freehan, Gen'l S. & T., Box 

6, Corozal, Canal Zone. 

No. 160 — Division covers the Florida East Coast 
Ry. A. F. Bauer, Gen'l Chairman, Jupiter, Fla.; 

C. Ross Gowdy, Gen'l S. & T., Espanola, Fla. 

No. 161 — Division covers the O.-W. Ry. and N. Co. 
J. V. Mitchell, Gen'l Chairman, Multromah 
Hotel, Portland, Ore.; Wm. H. L. Davis, Gen'l 
S. & T., Pendleton, Ore. 

No. 163— Division covers the K. C. M. & O. Ry. 
L R. Cotney, Gen'l Chairman, Ft. Stockton, 
Tex.; D. O. Kennedy, Gen'l S. & T., Clinton, 

No. 164 — Division covers the Ann Arbor R. R. 
H. J. Wcrkman, Gen'l Chairman, Box 59, Frank- 
fort Mich.; E. C. West, Gen'l S. & T., 2238 
Erie st., Toledo, Ohio. 

No. 165 — Division covers the Northwestern Pacific 
Ry. R. D. Shugrue, Gen'l S. & T., care N. W. 
Pac. Ry., Fulton, Cal. 

No. 166 — Division covers the Gulf Coast Lines, 

D. E. Young, Gen'l Chairman, Eunice, La.; 
C. L. Jackson, Ass't Gen'l Chairman and Gen'l 
S. & T., Bloomington, Tex. 

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Xo. 167 — Division covers the Georgia & Florida 
Ry. R. M. Cason, Gen'I Chairman, Uvalda, Ga.; 
D. F. Rush, Gen'l S. & T., Hazelhurst, Gfl. 

No. 168 — Division covers the C. & A. Ry. E. E. 
Gentz, Gcn*l Chairman, Braidwood, III.; Thos. 
Riley, Gen'l S. & T., AtlanU, 111. 

No. 170— Division covers the Wabash Ry. O. C. 
Nash, Gen'l Chairman, Carpenter, III.; M. £. 
Fohey, GenM S. & T., 450 Crane ave., Detroit, 

No. 171 — Division covers Central Vermont Ry. 
H. J. Gibbs, GenM Chairman, Yantic, Conn.; L. 
J. Mannie, Gen'l S. & T., St. Alexandria, SU., 

No. 172 — Division covers the Oregon Short Line 
Ry. R. H. Wagner, Gen'l Chairman, Pocatello, 
Idaho; S. B. Summers, Gen'l S. & T.« Roy, 

No. 173 — Division covers the T. & O. C. and Z. 
& W. Rys. F. H. Simon, Gen'l Chairman, 302 
Georgia ave., Toledo, Ohio; W. T. Cox, Gen'l 
S. & T., 1061 Palmwpod ave., Toledo, Ohio. 

No. 174 — Division covers the Missouri. Oklahoma 
& Gulf Ry. Ira S. Bond, Gen'l Chairman. 
Clarita, Okla.; W. H. Ryan, Acting Gen'l S. & 
T.. Allen, Okla. 

No. 175 — Division covers the Carolina, CJinchfield, 
& Ohio Ry. S. A. Dorsett, Gen'l Chairman, 
Spartanburg, S. C; C. G. Taylor, Gen'l S. & 'l., 
Dante, Va. 

No. 177 — Division covers the St. Louis, San Fran- 
cisco & Texas Ry. J. S. McMillan, GenM Chair- 
man and Acting G. S. & T., Box 43, Prosper, 
Tex.; DeWitt Hall, GenM S. & T., Bluffdale. 

No. 178 — Division covers Tennessee Central Rail- 
road. Chas. C. Wimsett, Gen'l Chairman, Rock- 
wood, Tenn.; W. C. Lodcn, Gen'l S. & T., 
Emory Gap, Tenn. 

No. 179 — Division covers New Orleans Great 
Northern R. R. W. H. Carr, Gen'l Chairman, 
Abita Springs, La.; F. P. Barron, Gen'l S. & T., 
Angie, La. 

No. 180 — Division covers Chicago, Terre Haute & 
Southeastern. R. H. Owen, Gen'l Chairman, 
1307 West 10th St., Bedford, Ind.; W. D. 
Hysop. GenM S. & T,. 1312 K st, Bedford, Ind. 

No. 181 — Division covers Kentucky & Indiana 
Terminal R. R. H. A. Boston, General Chair- 
man, 422 N. 20th St., Louisville, Ky.; C. C. 
Fears, Gen'l S. & T., 2656 Bank St., Louisville, 

No. 182 — Division covers Missouri & North Ar- 
kansas R. R. James Roy, Jr., Acting Gen'l 
Chairman^ Cotton Plant, Ark.; S. E. Brasfield, 
GenM S. & T., Searcy, Ark. 

meeting 2d Wednesday night of each month, 
Columbia Hall, Prior and University aves. G. 

W. Lewis, Pres., 2921 Chicago ave., Minne- 
apolis, Minn.; S. H. Lester, S. & T., Flat 7, 912 
South Sixth ave., Minneapolis, Minn. 

the 2d Tuesday of each month in Film Oper- 
ators' Hall, 226 Third st, Milwaukee, Wis. 
W. T. Houlehen, Pres., 363 Madison St., Mil- 
waukee, Wis.; B. A. Gothompson, S. & T., 738 
Fortieth St., Milwaukee, Wis. 

FREEPORT, ILL.— Meets 3d Wednesday of 
each month at Ladies and Knights of Security 
Hall, 107 Stephenson st., Frecport, III. P. H. 
Murphy, Pres., 145 Delaware St., Freeport, III.; 
H. B. Kiester, S. & T., 60 Second st, Freeport, 

CORT CLUB (Chicago O. R. T. Club)— Meets 
1st Saturday of each month in Room 912, 
Masonic Temple, D. C. Smart, Pres., 2258 Lin- 
coln ave., Chicago, III.; C. L. Craig, S. & T., 
817 W. 64th St., Chicago, III. 

DES MOINES O. R. T. CLUB— Meets in Assem- 
bly Room, Kirwkood Hotel, Des Moines, Iowa, 
subject to call of President. M. R. Davis, 
Pres., care C. R. I. & P. R^, Des Moines, Iowa; 
S. S. Price, S. & T., Grimes. Iowa. 

p. m., the 3d Friday of each month at Hotel 
Montrose, corner Third ave. and Third st. Cedar 
Rapids, Iowa. F. E. Conover, Pres., Low Moor, 
Iowa; J. L. Halpin, S. & T., 512 South Four- 
teenth St., Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

LITTLE ROCK O. R. T. CLUB— Meete subject 
to call of S. & T. C. C. Jacklin, Pres., Room 
224, Union Station, Little Rock, Ark.; H. W. 
Gibbs, S. & T., 516 E. Eighth st.. Little Rock, 

THE TOPEKA O. R. T. CLUB— Meets 8 p. m., 
2d Sunday of each month at Throop Hotel, 
Fourth and Kansas ave., Topeka, Kan. R. D. 
Stover, Pres., 305 Western ave., Topeka, Kan.; 
A. S. Carver, S. & T., 329 Lake st, Topeka, 

Meets Saturday evening following the 21st of 
each month in Assembly Room. 2d floor, City 
Hall, El Reno, Okla. G. A. Barnard, Pres., El 
Reno, Okla.; F. G. Sinclair, Sec'y, Okeene, 
Okla.; P. L. Peacher, Trcas., El Reno, Okla. 

EVANSVILLE, O. R. T. CLUB— Meets 3d Sun- 
day each month. L. E. Crandall, Pres., Chris- 
ney, Ind.; C. McCleary, S. & T., 712 Mulberry 
St., Evansville, Ind. 

THE HOOSIER O. R. T. CLUB— Meets 4th 
Thursday each month at 8 p. m.. Room 109, 
Oneida Hotel, Indianapolis, Ind. J. W. White, 
Pres., 2166 Avondale place, Indianapolis, Ind.; 
W. G. Brenneman, S. & T., 2327 Prospect St., 
Indianapolis, Ind. 

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PHERS' CLUB— Meets subject to call of Presi- 
dent. M. Williams, Pres., 2115 Walnut St., 
Kansas City, Kan. 

PITTSBURG— Meets subject to call of Secre- 
tary. H. K. Klingensmith, Pres., 124 Suburban 
ave., Beechview, Pittsburg, Pa. 

THE HOUSTON O. R. T. CLUB— Meets 2d 
Thursday night of each month. Hotel Cotton, 
cor. Fannin st. and Capitol ave., Houston, Tex. 
Chas. C. Webner, Pres., 425 Mason bidg , Hous- 
ton, Tex.; E. B. Hill, Sec'y, 1027 Yale st., 
Houston, Tex. 

—Meets Ist Thursday each month in I. O. O. F. 
Hall, Durand. Mich. A. E. McNamara, Pres., 
Drayton Plain, Mich.; H. F. Link, S. & T., 
Lansing, Mich. 

THE C. O. O. R. T. CLUB (Co-Operative O. R. 
T. Club)— Meets 8 p. m., 1st Friday of each 
month in Red Men's Hall, South Bend, Ind. O. 
O. Replogle, Pres., 631 East Bronson St., South 
Bend, Ind.; D. A. Crum, S. & T., 817 Lindsey 
St., South Bend, Ind. 

CLUB — Meets 9:30 a. m., 2d Sunday of each 

month at Chicago Heights, 111., in Trades and 
Labor Council Hall. J. Welles Begbie, Pret., 
St. Anne, 111. ; J. C. Marceau, S. & T., St. 
Anne, 111. 

Saturday night of each month at St. Nicholas 
Hotel, Springfield, 111. W. Stone, Pres., Marine, 
111.; W. R. Endicott, S. & T., 113 E. Jefferson 
St., Springfield, 111. 

— Meets 7 p. m., 3d Tuesday of each month at 
Crowe Hall, corner Broadway and Seger ave., 
Toledo, Ohio. F. H. Simon, Pres., 302 Georgia 
ave., Toledo, Ohio; Geo. D. Walker, S. & T., 
Flickenger Flat No. 2, Toledo, Ohio. 

monthly in Baltimore, Md., subject to call of 
President. W. R. Johnson, Pres., 3743 Morlcy 
St., Baltimore, Md.; W. M. Shawen, Sec'y, 3637 
Roland ave., Baltimore, Md. 

4th Thursday each month, 8 p. m., at the 
Cherokee Club, No. 12 Cross St., Stapleton, 
S. I. D. B. McMullen, Pres., 8 Woodlawn ave., 
Ci^nford, N. J.; J. P. Tully, S. & T., 276 
Delaware ave., Dongan Hills, N. Y. 

General Committee Directory on Railroads Covered 

by Local Divisions 

Boston & Albany Railway— M. J. Walsh, Gen'l 
Chairman, IS Moseley ave., Merrick, Mass,; Ray 
L. Hyde, Gen'l S. & T., 242 Union st., West 
Springfield, Mass. 

Boston Terminal Co. — S. E. Haseltine, Gen'l Chair- 
man, 21 French ave.. South Braintree, Mass., 
H. J. Lionett, Secretary General Committee, 
Dorchester, Mass. 

Bo'ston & Maine Railroad— J. B. Bode, Gen'l 
Chairman, care of B. & M. Ry., Chelsea, Mass.; 
H. L. Jones, Secretary General? Committee, 
R. F. D. No. 37, Fremont, N. H. 

Buffalo & Susquehanna R. R. — E. E. Haskins, 
General Chairman, Sinnemahoning, Pa. 

Chicago, Peoria & St. Louis Ry.— R. E. Johnson, 
Gen'l Chairman, Jersey ville, III.; H. C. LeMas- 
ters. Secretary General Commitfee, 426 S. 
Orange st., Havana, 111. 

Intercolonial Ry. — C. C. Charters, Gen'l Chairman, 
Point du Chene, N. B.; R. A. McMillan, Secre- 
tary General Committee, Charlo Station, N. B. 

Long Island Railroad — C. M. Scully, Gen'l Chair- 
man, College Point. N. Y.; E. Frank Webb, 
Secretary General Committee, 23 Amherst ave., 
Jamaica, N. Y. 

New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad — 
Leonard J. Ross, Gen'l Chairman, 457 Welling- 
ton ave.. Auburn, R. I.; M. W. Handy, Secre- 
tary General Committee, Box 885, New Haven, 

St. Louis Southwestern Ry. — H. C. Frizielle, Gen'l 
Chairman, Bearden, Ark.; E. E. Nettles, Secre- 
tary General Committee, Kerens, Tex. 

Toledo, St. Louis & Western Ry.— H. S. Walters, 
Gcft'l Chairman, Gas City, Ind.; H. B. Livesey, 
Secretary General Committee, Sorento, 111. 

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529 Swan St., Olympia, Wash. 
MRS. FLORENCE P. PI ERCE.. Grand Scc.-Treas. 

Box 33, Haletborpe, Baltimore Co., Md. 

MISS CLARA J. BRADY.. First Grand Vice-Pres. 

91 Wood St., Providence, R. I. 

MRS. D. H. PARKER.. Second Grand Vice-Pres. 

Speed, N. C. 
MRS. GEORGE GILBERT.. Third Grand V.-Pres. 

Kenora, Ont., Can. 

MRS. J. E. COWGILL.. Fourth Grand Vice-Pres. 

San Carlos, Cal. 


Mrs. John W. Banker, Chairman, Schaghticoke, Mrs. Evva L. Quick, 3854 Cleveland ave., St. 

N. Y. Louis, Mo. 

Mrs. J. H. Randall, Jr., Secretary, Smithville, Ga. .Mrs. Iris U. Henderson, Midland, Tex. 
Mrs. £. McDonough, Clintonville, Wis. 

All correspondence for The Telbgraphbi should be addressed to C. B. Rftwlins, Editor, 
St. Louis, Mo., so that it will reach him not later than the 5th of the month. 

Grand Division — Atuched membership not confined 
to any particular railroad or territory. Mrs. 
Kate E. Carr, Grand President, 529 Swan st, 
OlyiApia, Wash.; Mrs. Florence P. Pierce, Grand 
S. & T.» Box 33, Haletborpe, Md. 

Division 2 — Meetings subject to call of Acting 
President, Mrs. Ewa L Quick, 3854 Cleveland 
ave., St. Louis, Mo.; Mrs. Evva L. Quick, S. & 
T., 3854 Cleveland ave., St. Louis, Mo. 

Division 3— Covers the C. C. C. & St. L Ry. 
System. Meetings subject to call of the Presi- 
dent. Mrs. S. D. Solomon, President, 1912 
Locust St., Anderson, Ind.; Mrs. Hazel Elliott, 
Gcn'l S. & T., Ashley. Ohio. 

Division 7 — Covers the Canadian Pacific Railway 
System. Meetings subject to call of President. 
Mrs. Rebecca Sullivan, President, Chapleau, 
Ont., Can.; Mrs. S. S. Campbell, Gen'l S. & T., 
Verona, Ont. 

Division 8 — Covers the New York Central Railway 
System. Meetings subject to call of the Presi- 
dent. Mrs. M. B. Lynch, President, 963 State 
St, Schenectady, N. Y.; M. J. Wood, Gen'l 
S. & T., South Schenectady, N. Y. 

Division 15 — Covers the Atlantic Coast Line R. R. 
Meets subject to call of the President. Mrs. 
B. F. Wheeler, President, Oviedo, Fla.; Mrs. 
J. H. \yilliams, Gen'l S. & T., Wilson, N. C 

Division 23 — Covers the Chicago, Milwaukee & 
St. Paul and the Puget Sound Railway Systems. 
Meetings subject to call. Mrs, S. Olive Lester, 
Gen'l S. & T., Flat 7, 812 South Sixth ave., 
Minneapolis,. Minn. 

Division 31 — Covers the Missouri Pacific System. 
Meetings subject to call of the President. Mrs. 
Chas. M. Bodle, President, Benton, Kan.; Mrs. 
H. C. Harkins, Gen'l S. & T., Lupus, Mo. 

Division 33 — Covers the Baltimore & Ohio Railway 
System. Meetings subject to call of President. 
Mrs. Mary A. Bell, President, New Concord, 
Ohio; Mrs. Anna S. Gillum, Gen'l S. & T., 
Shinnston, W. Va. 

Division 35 — Meets 3d Thursday of each month at 
2:30 p. m., in Manheim Hall, 433 Westminster 
St., Providence, R. I.; Mrs. Bertha Haddock, 
President, 111 Narragansett St., Edgewood, 
Providence, R. I.; Miss Clara J. Brady, Gen'l 
S. & T., 91 Wood St., Providence, R. I. 

Division 44 — Meets 2d Saturday of each month at 
8 p. m., in Hall No. 2, Fraternity Hall, 22 
Harriman ave., Jamaica, U. Y. Mrs. A. Filby, 
President, Vandeveer J'ark Station, Brooklyn, 
N. Y.; Mrs. J. E. Shields, Gen'l S. & T., 1034 
Bergen St., Brooklyn. N. Y. 

Division 46 — Covers the Central of Georgia Rail- 
way System. Meetings subject to call of the 
President. Mrs. J. H. Randall, Jr., Gen'l S. & 
T., Smithville, Ga. 

Division 53 — Covers the Southern Pacific System, 
G. H. & S. A. Ry. Meetings subject to call 
of the President. Mrs. J. E. Cowgill, President, 
San Carlos, Cal.; Mrs. F. E. Waters, Gen'l S. 
& T., Ashland, Ore. 

Division 59 — Covers the Southern Railway System. 
Meets subject to call of the President. Mrs. 
C. L. Watson, President, Veechdale, Ky.; Mrs. 
Logan Watson, Gen'l S. & T., 534 First St., 
Shelbyville, Ky. 

Division 76 — Covers the Chicago & North Western 
Railway System. Meets upon call of the Presi- 
dent. Miss Erna L. Schneider, President, Dous- 
raan. Wis.; Miss Irene O'Connell, Gen'l S. & T., 
207 W. Sixth St., Marshfield, Wis.^ , 

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Division 81 — Covers the Colorado Midland Rail- Oneonta, N. Y.; Mrs. Sinclair Snyder, Gcn*l 

way System. Meetings subject to call of the S. & T., South Kortright, N. Y. 

President. Mrs. Mae L. Potts, President. Ivan- j^ivision HO-Covers the Maine Central Railway 

hoe, Colo.; Mrs. Ida Downing, GcnM S. & T., System. Meets subject to call of the Acting 

Cascade, Colo. President. Mrs. Florence L. Graham, Acting 

r^. . . ft, i- .1. Til- •/-*»«•, President, 470 Main st., Bangor, Me.; Mrs. 

Division 93 — Covers the Illinois Central Railway ^, t /- u r-^ »i o b t ^ta w • 

., ^, „ , Florence L. Graham, Gen I S. & T., 4/0 Mam 

System. Meets subject to call. Mrs. E. L. ^^ Baneor Me 

Mathis, Acting President and Gen'l S. & T., 

1172 Mississippi blvd., Memphis, Tenn. Division 146— Covers the Atlanta. Birmingham & 

Atlantic Railway System. Meets upon call of 

Division 113 — Covers the Ulster & Delaware Sys- the President. Miss Dita May West, President, 

tern. Meetings subject to call of the President. 319 East Georgia ave., Atlanta, Ga.; Miss Pearl 

Mrs. Harry Halstead. President, R. F. D. No. 3. Gorman, Gen'l S. & T.. Mauk. Ga. 

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Railroad Wage GommissioiL. 

DURING the past thirty days, hundreds of letters have been received 
at the general oflSces of the organization, making inquiry as to whether 
our organization would petition the Railroad Wage Commission Board 
for a general increase in wages, as the press reports indicated that the four- 
train service organizations were taking this action. For the purpose of safe- 
guarding the interests of our constituents, President Perham proceeded to 
Washington early in January, as it was anticipated a board of this kind 
'iTould be formed after the Government assumed possession and control of the 
railroads on December 28th. We have informed all inquirers that the officers 
of this organization woidd protect the welfare of all railroad employes who 
were eligible to membership in the Order of Railroad Telegraphers. 

The hearings opened before the Railroad Wage Commission, at Wash- 
ington, D. C, January 28th, at 2 p. m., and President Perham made the first 
appearance before that body, representing seventy-five per cent of the teleg- 
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as never before. We wish, In short, to 
stimulate production by doing what is 

This being a goTemment Inquiry we 
shall hear those who wish to contribute 
anything that is helpful, but it is man- 
datory that we shall reach a quick con- 
clusion. Therefore the greater part of 
the data upon which we must act will be 
gathered for ourselves. There are 1,800,- 
000 emloyes on our railroads. Some are 
organized and have great power for self- 
help. The great majority, more than two- 
thirds, are, however, not organized. We 
shall consider both classes, and upon an 
equal footing, so far as that may be prac- 
ticable. This very statement of the num- 
ber employed makes evident the un- 
paralleled size of the task that is before 
us. If with this fact is considered the 
extent of the territory covered and the 
significance of the different conditions 
obtaining in the varying sections of the 
country it, will at once be realized that 
no such hearing as this has been held 
before, nor one that carries such possi- 
bilities in affecting for good or ill the 
mass of our workers in all industries and 
the part they will play in carrying on the 
pressing duty of making war with char- 
actertistic American energy, enthusiasm 
and masterfulness. We wish first of all 
to know what present conditions are. 
What data has already been gathered as 
to the number of employes, their classi- 
fication in groups according to their du- 
ties, their compensation In money and 
that compensation converted into terms 
of support for themselves and their fam- 
ilies. This leads into a study of the 
present cost of living as contrasted with 
the cost at other periods. The various 
governmental agencies, the railroads 
themselves, the larger organizations of 
labor and individual studies will doubt- 
less prove to have already gathered 
the greater part of these facts. Wher- 
ever there is a shortage this must be 
supplemented, and to this end we shall 
feel free to call upon railroads and em- 
ployes, the government departments and 
other agencies for such facts as they can 
fomish. We shall also seek from for- 

eign governments and from the indus- 
tries of the country for the presentation 
of methods by which conditions such as 
we must meet have been met In a word, 
we shall make this inquiry upon the 
broadest possible lines consistent with 
an early closing of our research, and the 
great body of the material we shall gath- 
er will, we trust, come to us In compact 
written or printed form rather than by 
oral statement Each one who appears In 
person or otherwise shall be regarded as 
being animated by the same purpose that 
animated the government itself. No sel- 
fish or narrow ends are to be served by 
this hearing. We are looking to the 
greater welfare of the nation, and through 
service to the nation we seek the wel- 
fare of mankind. Our end is not to jus- 
tify a theory or to reach or approximate 
an ideal, but rather as practical men 
to deal with a situation present In a spirit 
of fair-mindedness. 

I understand that as a result of a con- 
ference between Judge Lehmann, our 
counsel, and the vailous representatives 
of the employes, it has been decided this 
afternoon to hear Mr. Perham, on behalf 
of the telegraphers. 

Statement of H. B. Pebham, 
President of the Order of Railroad Teleg- 
Star Building, St. Louis, Missouri. 

Mr. Perham: My name is H. B. Per- 
ham, President of the Order of Railroad 
Telegraphers. We represent telegra- 
phers, train dispatchers and directors* 
station agents, line repairers, levermen, 
interlockers, tower men, telephoners, 
block operators and stafC men, approxi- 
mately 84,233 railroad employes within 
the boundaries of the United States, who 
want a ^0 per cent increase in wages. 

We present our reasons for that re- 
quest I may state that up until the 
time this Honorable Commission was 
created we had been negotiating with rail- 
road companies, by direct negotiations 
between committees of employes and the 
officials representing the railroad com- 
panies. We had been pursuing that line 
of business for over thirty years, and 
we have been able to maintain peace 

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Mr. Perham: My remarks would refer 
to a telephoner or a block operator. 

Commissioner McChord: I am talking 
about what you are reading from. I want 
to find out whether they are properly 
classified, and whether they ought all to 
be in one class. 

Mr. Perham: They are properly classi- 
fied as they are, because their work is 

Commissioner McChord: Ought they 
all to receive the same wages? 

Mr. Perham: No, sir. 

The Chairman: A block signal man 
and a telegraph operator and a telephone 
operator are all included in that line, are 
they not? 

Mr. Perham: Tes, sir. 

The Chairman: Now, then, on any 
railroad, does a block signal man and a 
telegraph Operator get the same wages? 

Mr. Perham: No, sir. 

The Chairman: They get different 

Mr. Perham: They get different wages, 
according to the duty they have to per- 

The Chairman : A block signal man at 
a particular station may get $3 a day, 
while a telegraph operator may get |2.50 
a day? 

Mr. Perham: Yes. 

The Chairman: And a telephone oper- 
ator at the same place may get $2 a 

Mr. Perham: It depends upon the 
man's responsibility on the road. 

Mr. Lehmann: And the men in the 
same iservice, at different points, may re- 
ceive different rates of pay? 

Mr. Perham: They do. 

Mr. Lehmann: Because there is more 
of the same kind of service at one place 
than at the other? 

Mr. Perham: Yes, sir; it should be 
understood on a study of this wage scale, 
that these men are liable to troubles to 
a greater extent than other employes. 
They may become criminally liable for 
an error they commit — any one of the 
men in those three classes, just an ordi- 
nary mistake. An ordinary mistake for 
ordinary persons means tremendously to 
them. That Is, he may be arrested and 

put under a ten thousand dollar bond, 
and may go to prison for two years for 
the mistake he made. 

The Chairman: As to those three pai^ 
ticular classes of men, the block signal 
men, the telegraph operator and the tele- 
phone operator, can you tell us, or do 
the railroad statistics tell how many 
block signal men there are, and how 
much they get; how many telegraphers 
there are and how much they get, and 
how many telephone operators there are 
and how much they get? 

Mr. Perham: It does, in a certain way. 
Now, we have^ grouped three classes 
there, because their work is so similar 
that they ought to be grouped. 

Judge Covington: Now, getting away 
from the report of the Adamson Eight- 
Hour Commission, for a moment, and 
getting down to what we are inquiring 
about, the actual rates of compensation 
of these different classes of men, and 
whether they are entitled to an increase, 
is there anywhere, outside of the Bightr 
Hour Act, either from figures yon have 
in your possession, or figures that the 
railroads have in their possession, in- 
formation as to what the actual rates 
of compensation are for each of those 
different classes? It may be that a teleg- 
rapher does not get as much as a -block 
signal man, but what does the teleg- 
rapher get and what does the block sig- 
nal man get? Those are the arbitrary 
figures that we must be concerned with, 
and we would like to get those from 
some source. 

Mr. Perham: The way to get those fig- 
ures is along these lines: We have con- 
tractual relations with practically all 
the railroads in the United States. We 
have a wage scale and a schedule, which 
can be furnished this Commission. The 
pay roll of the company can also be fur- 
nished this Commission, which will show 
the actual amount paid that man. Now, 
if an operator was rated at $80 a month 
and he was paid $86 on the pay roll, the 
$6 would Just show the amount of over- 
time that he earned. That is the direct 
way to get that class of information. 
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THE Tom Mooney case is ene of 
the most dramatic in the his- 
tory of labor events. The work- 
ers of the nation have been intensely 
interested in the outcome of this par- 
ticular case, as it has been the cause 
and instigation of strikes and dis- 
orders throughout the Western part 
ot the country. Union labor is of the 
unanimous opinion that Mooney was 
being ''railroaded" to the death chair, 
and owing to its resentment of the evi- 
dent intention of the ''interests'' in 
and around San Francisco to put 
Mooney in the electric chair, the Presi- 
dent of the United States appointed a 
special investigating commission to 
inquire into the circumstances attend- 
ing the conviction of Thomas Mooney 
and others connected with the alleged 
plot in connection with the Prepared- 
ness Explosion on July 22, 1916. 

The report of the Commission fol- 

•To the President: 

"Agreeable to your instmctions, your 
mediation commission, informally and 
without publicity, inquired into the cir- 
cumstances attending the Mooney case, 
and herewith begs to report the result of 
its investigation. 

-l—On July 22, 1916, while the San 
Franciscci preparedness parade was in its 
early progress, an explosion occurred on 
one of the city's side streets, filled with 
paraders and the public Without ques- 
tion the explosion was murder-designed 
on a large scale, and its purpose was ef- 
fectuated. Six people were killed outright 
and about forty wounded, of whom three 
or four subsequently died. Indisputably 
a most heinous crime had been com- 
mitted, and the identification of its per- 
petrators alone had to be established. 

*'2 — ^The community was deeply stirred. 
Aggressive activity was at once under- 
taken by the police department and the 
press was filled with clues and theories 
for solution of the tragic mystery. No 
premonitory acts furnished a clue, except 
that a number <^ letters were mailed, 
prior to the parade, to prominent citizens 

and leaders in the parade threatening 
destruction if the parade was undertaken. 
These letters undoubtedly had a com- 
mon source. They all avowed pacifist 
purposes, threats against such manifesta* 
tions of 'militarism' as a preparedness 
parade was conceived by them to be. The 
public authorities, however, did not deem 
the letters significant and the identity 
of their writers has never been estab- 

Different Quarter. 

"3 — ^The police and district attorney 
turned for an explanation to a different 
quarter. Arrests were made of Thomas 
J. Mooney and his wife, Rena Mooney, 
Warren K Billings, Israel Weinberg and 
Edward D. Nolan. 

"4 — ^The antecedents of these five per- 
sons, particularly of Thomas J. Mooney, 
have occasioned the war importance of 
the case. Mooney, at the time of his ar- 
rest, was a well-known labor radical on 
the Coast. He associated with anar^ 
chists; was a believer In 'direct action' In 
labor controversies; had once been in- 
dicted for attempted dynamiting of the 
property of a San Francisco public utility, 
but after three trials was acquitted. 

Recall Car Fight 

"In the spring of 1916 Mooney and his 
wife were the leaders in a bitter and un- 
successful fight to organize the car men 
of the United Railroads in San Francisco. 
Only shortly before the preparedness pa- 
rade explosion it was sought to connect 
Mooney with the recent dynamiting of 
towers of the Pacific Gas and Electric 
Company. In a word, there can be no 
doubt that Mooney was regarded as a 
labor agitator of malevolence by the pub- 
lic utilities of San Francisco and that 
he was an' especial object of their opposi- 

"Mrs. Mooney, a music teacher, respect- 
ed by a wide circle of pupils, was sympa- 
thetic with his Socialist views. Billings, 
a youth touched by the radical propa^ 
ganda, was one of Mooney's friends. He 
too, was a believer in 'direct action.' He 
had previously been convicted of carry- 
ing explosives on a passenger car. Wein- 
berg, whose son was a pupil of Mrs. 

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mey industrial feud instead of a subject de- 

' de- manding a calm search for the truth. 

le of "7— Billings was tried first, undoubted- 
ly in the hope that the pressure of his 
conviction would lead him to implicate 

mey Mooney. He was convicted. His convic- 

cted ^^^^ ^^ ^'^^ sustained. He has been 

»ted- sentenced to life imprisonment. He has 

^^ not implicated Mooney and he protests 

his innocence, 

ison "Mooney was tried early in January, 

tion ^^^'^* *^^ ^ February, 1917, was con- 

[j victed of murder in the first degree. Mrs. 

_ ^] Mooney was tried and acquitted. Weiu- 

. burg was recently tried and acquitted. 

* Nolan has never been put to trial, 

luse Justice Biased. 

B of "8 — The convictions of Mooney and 

cate Billings followed trials in accordance with 

xed- the established course of American proced- 

tate- ure. It is familiar to students of Juris- 

ting prudence that no system of criminal ad- 

e in ministration in the world hedges such 

thin safeguards around the accused as an 

ihip, American trial. Conviction, in other 

s is words, is based on evidence narrowly con- 
fined to specific issues. Furthermore, 
proof of guilt has to be established be- 

inal yond a reasonable doubt and established 

' in- to the unanimous satisfaction of a jury 

9f a of twelve persons selected from the peo- 

On pie. Conviction by an American Jury is 

the guilt determined by a very democratic in- 

out- stitution. There is no question but that 

Ac- the Jury acted in good faith upon the evi- 

[lose dence submitted. It is because of the 

vith subsequent developments that doubt ex- 

t in ists of the Justice of these convictions, 

was Following the trials of Billings and 

the Mooney there was a change in the evi- 

pas- dence, which not only resulted in the 

I of acquittal of Mrs. Mooney and Weinberg, 

iing, but also cast doubt upon the prior con- 

ried victlons of Billings and Mooney. 

"*^** Leaves Uncertainty. 

"Thus it is that evidence submitted on 
»ney four trials, taken together, aimed as it 
op- was at the establishment of a single is- 
»lize sue — their Joint participation in the 
rlts, crime — leaves the mind in the greatest un- 
lym- certainty as to the complicity of the ac- 
re- cused. While each record in itaelf pre- 

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sentfl evidence whlcli would Justify the 
Appellate Court in sustaining the ver- 
dict of the Jury, the evidence of the four 
cases in their entirety must shake confi- 
dence in the Justice of the conviction. 
This is due to the dubious character of 
the witnesses, subsequent revelations con- 
cerning them and conflict in the testi- 
mony of the same witnesses as the need 
for change in the testimony developed to 
fit new theories of the t^rosecution or new 
evidence by the defense. 

"But it was not deemed within the 
province of the commission to establish 
the guilt or innocence of Mooney and his 
associates. We conceived it te be our 
duty merely to determine whether a solid 
basis exists for the feeling that an in- 
justice has been done or may have been 
done in the convictions that were ob-. 
tained and that an irreparable injustice 
would be committed to allow such convic- 
tion to proceed to execution. 

"9— We find in the atmosphere sur- 
rounding the prosecution and trial of the 
case groimd for disquietude. This feeling 
has been reinforced by one factor of con- 
trolling importance. The most damag- 
ing testimony produced against Mooney 
came from a witness named Oxman. It 
was Oxman who testified, with convinc- 
ing detail, to the presence of Mooney and 
Billings at the place and at the time 
where it was essential for them to have 
been if proof of their participation in 
the crime was to be established. 

To "Suborn Perjury." 
"After Mooney's conviction there came 
to light letters confiessedly written by 
Oxman prior to his having been called 
to testify. The plain import of these let- 
ters is an attempt by Oxman to suborn 
perjury in corroboration of vital testi- 
mony which he was to give and which he 
did give against Mooney. It is true Ox- 
man was tried for attempted subornation 
of perjury and acquitted, but this is be- 
side the present consideration. The fact 
is he did write letters which tend com- 
pletely to discredit any testimony he 
might give, and no testimony from Ox- 
man, in the light of the letters, would 
reoelTe eredsnoe necessary to lead to con- 

viction. In fact, after the exposure of 
Oxman the District Attorney did not 
call him, though available, as a witness 
in the trial of Mrs. Mooney. When Ox- 
man was discredited, the verdict against 
Mooney was discredited. 

"10 — As soon as the Oxman letters were 
disclosed, the Judge who presided at 
Mooney's trial called upon the Attorney- 
General of California to take steps to- 
ward a retrial of the case. 

Up to Governor. 

"The Attorney-General asked the Su- 
preme Court that, in view of the Oxman 
exposure, the case should be returned to 
the trial court for a new trial. The Su- 
preme Court, however, under the laws of 
California, found itself without Jurisdic- 
tion to consider matters outside the rec- 
ord. The case now before the Court of 
Appeals is to be disposed of solely on 
errors appearing from the record of the 
trial. If the Supreme Court should find 
error, reverse and grant a new trial re- 
lief the situation needs would be provided. 
If the court finds the record discloses no 
reversible error, and therefore, confirms 
the conviction, relief will have to be sup- 
plied through executive action of the Gov- 
ernor of California and co-operation of 
the prosecuting officers." 

In conclusion the report discussed the 
international aspects of the case, saying: 
International Interest 

"It is now well known that the atten- 
tion to the situation in the East was 
first aroused through meetings of protest 
against the Mooney conviction in Rus- 
sia. From Russia and the Western States 
protests spread to the entire country un- 
til it has gathered momentum from many 
sources, sources whose opposition to vio- 
lence is unquestioned, whose devotion to 
our cause in the war is unstinted. 

"The liberal sentiment of Russia was 
aroused, the liberal sentiment of the 
United States was aroused because the 
circumstances of Mooney's prosecution, 
in the light of his history, led to the be- 
lief that the terrible and sacred instru- 
ments of criminal Justice were conscious- 
ly or unconsciously made use of against 
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id California. 
g;e, or howeyer unex- 
the Just dispoBition of 
thus affects influences 
Ones of California, and 
depended upon to see 
ions of the case. With 
Bct8» with the political 
inflict, which the case 
dther the commission 
large is concerned, 
of disquietude aroused 
be Reeded, for if un- 
's the faith that our 
i the lowliest and even 
Inst false accusations. 
i moral as well as ma- 
^e are in this war to 
tl claims of unstained 
jwever slow at times 
>e. These claims must 
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onths of direct nego- 
e committee represent- 
rs of this organization 
i^rlsco System and the 
it property and no sat- 
it reached, appeal was 
ited States Board of 
filiation. Commission- 
ger brought about an 
lent of the unsettled 
g. H. D. Teed, Super- 
*aph of the Frisco Sys- 
>y the company and C. 

Secretary and Treas- 
y the organization. Af t- 
B these two arbitrators 
es, of Miami, Okla., as 
,tor. This the first in- 
of the opposing arbi- 

the selection of a neu- 
L member of the Board 
nique in that respect, 
at Mr. Frates is Prea- 
U Belt Railway, and a 
its' experience as an 

Lrbitration met in St 
h, last, and opened the 

hearii _ 

Dermody acted as counsel for the em- 
ployes and Mr. B. T. Miller, counsel for 
the company. The hearings consmned 
two days, and after due consideration 
of the evidence and arguments, the Board 
concluded and announced its award on 
January 23rd, as follows: 

1. Requested bt B^mplotes: 
Employes request an increase in wages 

of $15.00 per man per month for all em- 
ployes covered by the schedule as pro- 

It is awarded: 

In addition to the $6.00 per capita per 
month granted telegraphers and the 10 
per cent increase granted exclusive star 
tion agents, October 1, 1917, an additional 
monthly increase in wages aggregating 
*|4,600.00 be allotted to the positions to be 
listed in the new wage schedule, this sum 
to be distributed by Joint oonmiittee of 
the management and telegraphers. {This 
18 approximately $10M per mcmth per 
capita,) ^ 

2. Requested by Bicplotes: 
Employes request that article 1 of the 

present telegraphers' schedule be amend- 
ed by adding the words: 

"All exclusive agents except St Louis, 
Kansas City, Memphis, Birmingham, Ok- 
lahoma City, Wichita, Springfield, Monett, 
Enid, Sapulpa, Hugo, Fort Smith, Ci4»e 
Girardeau, Fort Scott, Joplin, Tulsa, and 
Muskogee," after the words "reoeive and 
forward written messages by tel^hone." 

It is awarded: 

That the following exclusive station 
agents' positions shall be included in the 
telegraphers' schedule and wage scale. 
Then follows the list of positions. (This 
list includcB 171 exclusive station agents.) 

Article 2 of the telegraphers' schedule 
effective August 1, 1916, will not m^ply 
to the foregoing positions. 

Paragraph 6, Article 9, of the teleg- 
raphers' schedule, effective August 1, 1916, 
will not apply to the foregoing positions 
until after July 1, 1918. 

Elleven. consecutive hours, including 
meal hour, shall constitute a day's work 
for exclusive station agents; sixty con- 
secutive minutes shall be allowed for 

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meal hour between 11 o'clock a. in. and 2 
o'clock p. m., and If not allowed within 
specified time one hour overtime will be 

3. Rbqitssted bt EIhplotks: 
Employes request that Article 12 of the 

present telegraphers' schedule be amend- 
ed by striking out all of the article and . 
substituting the following: 

"All service performed on a calendar 
Sunday shall be considered overtime and 
paid for as per Article 3." 

It is aioarded: 

All telegraphers required to report for 
duty on Sundays shall be paid at the reg- 
ular pro rata rate {with a minimum of 
one hour for each tim^e on duty), based 
on 26 days per month, such pay to be in 
addition to their regular monthly salary. 

The hours of work required on Sunday 
shall be within the regularly established 
hours of the telegrapher affected. // any 
telegrapher's trick is split more than once 
on Sunday, such telegrapher shall receive 
pay for the entire day. 

An exclusive station agents required to 
report for duty on Sundays shall be paid 
for such service at the regular pro rata 
rate (with a minimum of one hour for 
each time on duty)» based oh 26 days per 
month, such pay to be in addition to their 
regular monthly salary. 

The hours of work required on Sunday 
shall be within the regular daily estab- 
lished hours of the exclusive station 
agents affected. 

4. Rkqukstkd by Employes: 
Employes request that Article 14 of the 

present telegraphers' schedule be amend- 
ed by adding the following: 

''When an agent-telegrapher's position 
is changed to exclusive agency, such posi- 
tion will automatically become an exclu- 
sive agency covered by this agreement 
without reduction in salary." 

It is awarded: 

An agent-telegrapher's position becom- 
ing an exclusive station agency position, 
the wages will be fixed in conformity with 
similar positions, and the position will 
be considered an exclusive station agent's 
position within the meaning of this agree- 
ment, and will be covered by the rules as 
provided herein. 

5. Requested by Employes: 

Employes request a new article in the 
schedule as follows: 

"Telegraphers shall be given fifteen con- 
secutive days' vacation each calendar year 
without loss of pay. During January of 
each year each telegrapher shall be noti- 
fied In writing by the company of the 
date he will be relieved for the fifteen 
days' vacation; if for any reason this 
fifteen days' vacation is denied at the 
time set, fifteen days extra pay at the 
employes regular rate shall be paid in 
lieu thereof." 

It is awarded: 

All telegraphers and exclusive station 
agents who have been in the employ of 
the company and who have five years' 
seniority and less than ten years' senior- 
ity shall have seven days* annual leave 
with pay, or in lieu thereof, seven days' 
additional pay based on regular salary of 
their position. 

All telegraphers and exclusive station 
agents who have been in the employ of 
the company and who have ten years or 
more seniority shall have fourteen days' 
annual leave with pay, or, in lieu there- 
of, fourteen days' additional pay based on 
regular salary of their position. 

In Testimony Whereof, Witness our 
signatures this 23rd day of January, A. D.. 

(Signed) J. A. Fba^tes, Chairman, 
H. D. Tekd, 
C. B. Rawlins. 

One member of the Board filed his dis- 
sent as follows: 

In the matter of award made ly the 
Board on request number one, I dissent 
from such award for the reason that I do 
not helieve the wage increase granted is 

(Signed) C. B. Rawlins. 

G. D. Robertson. 
All Oflacers and Members: — 
It has not been customary for your 
Third Vice-President to contribute much 
to the columns of our journal. On the 
occasion of his retiring from active serv- 
ice of the Order, temporarily at least, 

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to devote his whole time to his duties ajs 
a member of the government and of the 
Senate of Canada, a word in explanation 
of his action may be of interest 

Since our Grand Division Session In 
May, last, the work of the organization 
in Canada has made good progress. Every 
schedule in the territory has been re- 
vised during the past twelve months save 
one and negotiations ase proceeding 
there. Since June 1st, last, and during a 
period of seven months there has been 
added to the income of our 6500 teleg- 
raphers in the Third Vice-President's 
territory the sum of one million, three- 
hundred thousand dollars i>er annum. Im- 
proved rules, particularly the one provid- 
ing for payment of overtime and Sunday 
service on basis of time-and-one-half, 
based on a 26-day month, has been made 
effective on five railways. Our Canadian 
railway managements have frankly rec- 
ognized the growing need of increased 
compensation and the increases in rates 
ranged from ten to thirty dollars per 
month, beside betterment in rules. This 
consideration, in the fact of tremendous- 
ly increased cost of operation, together 
with serious financial difflcultloa exper- 
ienced by some of our railways, merits 
— and receives — ^appreciation by the em- 
ployes even though the measure of re- 
lief obtained does not yet fully compen- 
sate for, nor offset, the advanced cost 
of living. 

In his capacity as a Senator, your Third 
Vice-President actively assisted in press- 
ing Canada's Parliament for legislation 
desired by the railway employes and 
the results of those endeavors are set out 
in his legislative report to the Canadian 
membership, therefore need not here be 
commented upon. A copy of that report 
is being sent to Bro. Rawlins, our editor, 
for publication, if space in the Journal 

During the summer of 1917 and as war 
activities increased in Canada the inter- 
ests of laboring men became more and 
more prominently a matter of public and 
government concern. The Prime Minis- 
ter of Canada announced first a desire, 
and then an intention to give labor and 

agriculture direct representation in the 
government. Your Third Vice-President 
was subsequently invited to serve as the 
representative of labor interests and on 
October 23, 1917, became a member of 
the Cabinet. 

A wider field of opportunity for use- 
fulness both to labor and to national serv- 
ice in this period of emergency has 
thereby presented itself. The appoint- 
ment is for the period of the war and 
demobilization, only, unless results should 
render a continuation desirable. In ad- 
dition to being a member of the Privy 
Council, the special duties assigned are: 

1. A member of the sub-committee of 
the War Committee of the Cabinet to 
deal with cost of living and food supply 

2. A member of the Reconstruction and 
Development Committee dealing with 
problems peculiar to that period after 
the war, preparation for which must be 
undertaken now. 

3. A member of Special Committee of 
the Cabinet dealing with the railway 
problems now facing our government and 
which are of serious moment to railway 

4. Chairman of a Special Committee 
dealing with labor problems and of 
which the Hon. Minister of Labor is also 
a member. 

It can, therefore, be really realized 
that proper attention could not be given 
to the above su1t)Jects and also carry on 
the work of Third Vice-President 

In view of the fact that an early ter- 
mination of the war, for which we all 
devoutly hope, would probably release 
him from his present post he has sug- 
gested to the President a desire for leave 
of absence, if consistent, for the remain- 
der of the current term. He has no de- 
sire to sever his association with the 
work of the Order in Canada so long as 
the officers and members wish otherwise. 

Whatever betides, it will always be my 
duty and pleasure to assist in every way 
possible to promote the welfare of our 
Order. I cannot, In closing, refrain from 

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expressing the pride I feel In the sub- 
stantial progress made during my term 
of service as a Vice-President, and grate- 
ful appreciation of the loyal support of 
our officers, committees and membership 
In tasks undertaken. To sever these pleas- 
ant and intimate associations brings very 
keen regret indeed which can only be 
compensated for by the joy of their cher- 
ished memory. 

Trusting that a mantle of charity and 
forgetfulness may cover my many mis- 
takes while trying faithfully to serve the 
best interests of the Order and its mem- 
bers, in the days that lie behind us. and, 
with good wishes for all during the years 
that lie before, I am, 

Yours sincerely and fraternally, 


Third Vice-President. 


(Continued from January Issue.) 

The Chairman: When you speak of 
cross-examination, gentlemen, I think the 
arbitrators certainly— I speak for myself 
and I believe I may speak for the others 
— if the witness should omit anything 
which we think would enlighten the arbi- 
trators, we would not regard it a viola- 
tion of the agreement to call the atten- 
tion of the witness to that on either side. 

Mr. Perham: That is our understand- 
ing, that any member of the Board may 
put any question he wants to any wit- 
ness on either side, to get all the infor- 
mation he needs, but the idea was to save 
time by eliminating cross-examinations 
between counsel, who usually waste so 
much time without getting any result. 

For the information of members of the 
Board who are not already familiar with 
the subject, we desire at the outset of the 
proceedings to submit a statement, show- 
ing what transpired prior to this date in 
relation to them ; what line of action we in- 
tend to pursue in presenting our case, and 
briefly outline our argument in support 
of our contentions. 

Employes of the Baltimore & Ohio Rail- 
road who are members of The Order of 
R ji llr oa d Telegraphers have had agree- 

ments with the employers for over 20 
years which have been revised from time 
to time as, the circumstances seem to war- 
rant and as were mutually agreed upon. 
The class of employes is that known as 
station agents, telegraphers, telephoners 
and levermen. 

A proposed revised schedule and wage 
scale asking for an increase In the rates 
of pay and improved working conditions 
was submitted by the employes' commit- 
tee to the employers on June 29th, 1917, 
with the request that any changed condi- 
tions that might be agreed upon should 
become effective on August 1st, 1917. 

Conferences were commenced on Au- 
gust 20th, 1917, and were continued from 
time to time without satisfactory results 
being reached as far as the employes were 

Congress having enacted a law provid- 
ing for mediation, conciliation and arbi- 
tration in such controversies, this law 
was Invoked and under its provisions 
mediation proceedings commenced on Oc- 
tober 25th, 1917. Under the process of 
mediation about 15 questions were solved 
in a manner more or less satisfactory to 
both parties and these matters already 
settled, along with the award expected 
from this honorable board of arbitration, 
will be incorporated In the revised sched- 
ule and wage scale and form the new 
working agreement which will be binding 
on both parties for one year from the 
date the expected award is handed down. 

It wilj be observed that there are two 
questions to be arbitrated, one relating 
to the payment of overtime for all work, 
duty or service performed on Sundays, the 
other a request for an Increase in wages 
amounting to 20 per cent in the aggregate. 

It is our intention to place but one 
witness on the stand, through whom we 
will introduce our testimony and what- 
ever exhibits may be necessary. It has 
been agreed by both sides to the contro- 
versy that each side shall place but one 
witness on the stand. 

In the early days of the railroad busi- 
ness when the locomotive and trains took 
the place of stage coaches and other primi- 
tive methods of tnuuq^rtation it was cus- 

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quately compensated for the services per- 
formed and the risks assumed; that not- 
withstanding the many reTlsions of the 
existing schedule and wage scale that 
have taken place in the past, the wages 
paid never came anywhere near satisfy- 
ing the employes. They accepted what 
they could get rather than go out on 
strike with the hope that at some future 
time they might he able to get the em- 
ployers to see the subject in the same 
light as they do. 

They were about the last class In the 
railroad transportation department to or- 
ganize and have their claims for ade- 
quate compensation considered and con- 
sequently they are a long way behind in 
the matter of working conditions, that is» 
when compared to other classes of em- 
ployes in the transportation department 
of the railroad. As a matter of fact, cir- 
cumstances forced them to organize for 
self-preservation, and since they became 
organized they have made some progress. 

They purchase their groceries and 
other necessary things at the same stores 
as do other working people and pay the 
same prices as do other wage earners 
who enjoy better wages. There are no 
rebates for them on account of the con- 
ditions under which they labor. 

It is necessary for the station agents, 
assistants, ticket clerks, telegraphers and 
others of that class to dress respectably 
because they are constantly doing busi- 
ness with the public and are more or 
less important members of the commu- 
nity in which they reside and represent 
the railroad. 

It is necessary for them to bring up 
their children as others bring up theirs, 
to provide them with suitable clothing, 
to have them attend school and church, 
and to do all this in a presentable way 
costs money. 

Many of them after working a full 
month of week days, Sundays and holi- 
days do not have a dollar left when their 
bills are paid and some of them find 
themselves in debt. 

As an altogether secondary considera- 
tion we will refer to the constantly in- 
creasing prices and the cost of living as 

shown by data furnished by the Bureau 
of Labor Statistics, United States De- 
partment of Labor, in which respect we 
intend to file some exhibits. 

Many of the employes have informed 
us recently that they will be forced to 
resign from the service of the railroad 
for the reason that they are not earning 
enough to keep them going on account of 
the advancing cost of living. We have 
induced them to stay a while longer 
until we ascertain whether or not we 
shall be able to ameliorate their condi- 
tions. It does not seem to us right and 
proper that men who have been in the 
service for a long period of time should 
be forced to begin life over again some- 
where or try their hand at a new or 
strange business. The separation of fam- 
ilies under such circumstances, and the 
hazards incident to such shifting, are 
matters to be avoided if it can be done. 

The two questions presented to this 
Honorable body for solution have been 
the subject matter for consideration by 
arbitration boards on other railroads re- 
cently. It is our intention to file ex- 
hibits and submit the original awards in 
these cases for your inspection and read 
the salient parts into the records. 

Several railroads have granted the rule 
in regard to pay for Sunday work in di- 
rect negotiations with the representatives 
of their employes. It is our intention to 
read those rules into the record, file ex- 
hibits and submit the schedules for the 
inspection of the board. 

With reference to the risks assumed by 
the class of employes herein represented, 
in the case of station agents and others 
who handle money for the railroads, it is 
necessary for them to give a strict ac- 
counting for every cent they receive. 
Should they sell a ticket for less than 
the tariff rate, make an error in giving 
change, deliver freight and not collect 
suflScient charges, and in many other 
ways, they are directly and financially 
responsible and must make all losses 
good out of their wages. These men are 
all under bond to the railroad for their 
integrity and right action while in the 

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In the case of employes who 1 
train orders and signals controliii 
movement of trains the slightest 
may make them indictable for 
slaughter. We contend that the aa 
tion of such risks should be a 
when their compensation is beinj 

With that opening statement, w 
place our witness on the stand. W 
call Mr. Yeager. 

J. YEAGER was called as a w 
and, having been first duly swoVn, 
fied as follows: 

DiBEOT Examination. 

Mr. Perham: Please give your 
and address. 

Mr. Yeager: 2227 Liberty A^ 
Pittsburgh, Pa. 

Mr. Perham: What position d< 
hold with the railroad? 

Mr. Yeager: Telegrapher in the 
lay office at Pittsburgh. 

Mr. Perham : How long have yoi 
in the employ? 

Mr. Yeager: Thirteen .years, 

Mr. Perham: All of the time ae 
lay telegrapher? 

Mr. Yeager: No. 

Mr. Perham: In what manner 
you first employed? 

Mr. Yeager: As telegrapher on t 
tra list, capable of working any of 

Mr. Perham: What position d< 
hold with the employes? 

Mr. Yeager: General Chairman. 

Mr. Perham: How do you gel 

Mr. Yeager: I was elected by the 
bership of our organization, em] 
on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. 

Mr. Perham: Are you familiar 
the working conditions that surroui 
tion agents, telegraphers, telephone] 
levermen in the employ of the Ball 
& Ohio Railroad? 

Mr. Yeager: I am. 

Mr. Perham: You gained that 
iarity, because you are the general 
man and chief representative of tl 
ployes on the system^ did you not 

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Mr. Perham: Is that agreement to be 
incorporated In the revised schedule and 
the wage scale, when completed, which 
will constitute the new agreement? 

Mr. Yeager: That will constitute the 
new agreement 

Mr. Perham: We offer as an exhibit, 
tlie copy of the mediation agreement of 
December 11, 1917. 

(The paper was received and marked 
CSmployes' Exhibit No. 4, December 20, 

Mr. Perham: Mr. Yeager, do employes 
who perform Sunday duty get paid for 

Mr. Yeager: No. 

Mr. Perham: How does it happen that 
they don't get paid for Sunday duty, 
when other employes do? 

Mr. Yeager: Other employes — ^men on 
train and engine service, shop trades, 
known as boiler makers, n\achlnists, etc., 
they get paid by the day, and we ai-e 
paid by the month. 

Mr. Perham: How did that situation 
come about? 

Mr. Yeager: In our case, the situation 
came about in the early days, that the 
men located in railway stations, only 
had a train or two a day to meet and sell 
a ticket for, or check a trunk or so, 
wl^ich only required a few moments. 
Then, as the traffic on all railroads be- 
came heavier. It necessitated their being 
at the station at all times, until it came 
about that it was compulsory on the em- 
ployes — ^they had to be there; so it is 

Mr. Perham: Is ll necessary for all 
of the men you represent to work all day 

Mr. Yeager: No. 

Mr. Perham: Some of them can be ex- 
cused, because they are not wanted all 
the time on Sunday; is that true? 

Mr. Yeager: That is correct. 

Mr. Perham: Are there any Instances 
where men now do not work on Sunday 
at any of the station agents' positions, 

Mr. Yeager: Yes. 

Mr. Perham: A certain number? 

Mr. Yeager: A certain number. 

Mr. Perham: And there are others 
that work a few hours, during the day? 

Mr. Yeager: We have that condition. 
There are those of that nature. 

Mr. Perham: Are there others who 
work three quarters of a day? 

Mr. Yeager: Yes; we have that situ- 

Mr. Perham:' And they are excused a 
part of the time? 

Mr. Yeager: That ia right 

Mr. Perham: Now, In the case of men 
in charge of signal towers on the main 
line, do you deem it absolutely necessary 
for those men to stay on duty all day 

Mr. Yeager: They would have to per- 
form the same duty, the same number of 
hours on Sunday, .as they would during 
week days. 

Mr. Perham: Which would the em- 
ployes prefer, extra pay for Sunday work, 
or being relieved from the duty? 

Mr. Yeager: They would prefer being 
relieved absolutely of all Sunday work. 

Mr. Perham: What Is the reason for 

Mr. Yeager: The reason for that is 
that they would like to be off Sunday, the 
same as any other citizen or worker of 
the country. Six days a week is enough 
to work. 

Mr. Perham: Have you the original 
award in the New York Central Lines ar- 
bitration case of August, 1916? 

Mr. Yeager: I have. 

Mr. Perham: Is the award from the 
New York, Chicago ft St Louis Railroad, 
otherwise termed the "Nickel Plate" con- 
tained therein? 

Mr. Yeager: Yes, sir. 

Mr. Perham: Please read those parts 
of the award that relates to Sunday pay, 
both on the New York Central Lines west 
of Buffalo, and the New York, Chicago & 
St. Louis Railroad? 

Mr. Yeager: On the New York, Chi- 
cago ft St. Louis, the Nickel Plate 

Mr. Perham: I think if you will read 
the New York Central Lines first it will 
be better. 

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Mr. Yeager (reading) : "It is awarded 
salaries shall be based on the regular 
working days of the month. Overtime 
pro rata will be paid for all hours worked 
on Sundays.". 

That is the New York Central Lines, 
west of Buffalo. The Nickel Plate pro- 

"It is awarded that telegraphers will 
only be required to perform such work on 
Sundays and holidays as may be neces- 
sary to protect the company's interests, 
but when required to perform any serv- 
ice on Sundays or holidays will be paid 
at overtime rate for all such service, in 
addition to their regular wages. The Sun- 
day and holiday hours shall be within 
the regularly assigned weekly hours and 
shall be consecutive." 

Mr. Perham: We 'offer the original 
award and five copies thereof, for the in- 
spection ard use of the Board. 

Have you the original award in the 
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific case, Octo- 
ber, 1917? 

Mr. Yeager: Yes, sir. 

Mr. Perham: Please read that part of 
the award, relating to Sunday work and 

Mr. Yeager: It is awarded so far as 
possible telegraphers will be excused 
from duty on Sundays and holidays. 

Telegraphers required to perform any 
service on Sunday will be paid pro rata 
for such service. 

Mr. Perham: Is that all of the article? 

Mr. Yeager: That is all that relates 
to Sunday duty that I find. 

Mr. Perham: We offer the original 
award and five copies thereof, for the 
inspection and use of the Board. 

Have you a copy of the mediation 
agreement, dated November 15, 1917, on 
the Illinois Central Railroad? 

Mr. Yeager: I have. 

Mr. Perham: Please read the para- 
graphs relating to Sunday duty and the 
increase in wages. 

The Chairman: I think it would be 
well, where the witness has copies for 
the arbitrators, for him to pass them over 
to the arbitrators now, perhaps. 

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to act as umpire in the matter. This 
increase shall be effective October 16, 

Mr. Perham: We offer the original 
mediation agreement and five copies 
thereof, for inspection and use of the 

Have you a copy of the mediation 
agreement, dated November 22nd, 1917, 
on tlie Chicago, Burlington & Quincy 

Mr. Teager: I have. 

Mr. Perham: Please read the para- 
graph relating to Sunday pay and the 
increase in wages. 

Mr. Yeager: As to Sunday pay, it pro- 
vides: ' I 

"So far as possible, telegraphers will 
be excused from duty on Sunday. 

'^Section B. Telegraphers in relay of- 

fices required to work on Sunday or a 
holiday will be paid pro rata for all 
Sunday and holiday work. All Sunday 
and holiday work to be consecutive. Holi- 
days referred to are New Year's, July 
4th, Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

"Section C. Telegraphers in offices 
other than those covered in Section B 
required to perform any service on Sun- 
day, will be allowed extra pay pro rata, 
with a minimum of one hour for each 
time they are required for report, for all 
Sunday work, within the assigned Sunday 
hours, assigned Sunday hours to be with- 
in the spread of the week day assign- 
ment For all service on Sunday outside 
of the assigned Sunday hours they will 
be allowed overtime as per overtime 

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Join the crusade for one of the prizes. 
Your efforts will yield dividends. 

Have you protected your teneficiary &y 
forwarding your remittances in payment 
of dues to the Secretary and Treasurer 
of your Division and Mutual Benefit Be- 
partm^ent assessments direct to headquar' 
ters in 8t. Louis f If not, do so at once, 
as a few hours' delay often spells disas- 
ter. The time limit for the payment of 
the current term assessment expires FeJ}- 
ruary 28th. 

Ten hundred and fifty-five new mem- 
bers were initiated into the Order ddring 
the month of Januarjr. 

Keep thoroughly posted on what the 
organization is doing by reading the edi- 
torial pages of The Telegrapher. 

The Chesapeake and Ohio, Norfolk and 
Western, Seaboard Air Line and all rail- 
roads in Canada include train dispatch- 
ers in telegraphers' schedules. 

The mailing list will be revised after 
this month's issue of The Tklegrapher, 
and only members in good standing to 
June 30th next will receive future copies 
of the journal. 

The article in the January Telegra- 
pher, *'The New Order of Things," enu- 
merating our achievements during the 
year 1917 has excited much interest. It 
has been suggested that every member 
forward his January issue to a non. 

If the number of new members ini- 
tiated into the Order. during the month 
of "January is an indication of a coming 
event casting a shadow before it, our 
60,000 mark should be attained before the 
close of the year. 

The British government have decided 
to send representatives of British trade 

unions to America. Among the delegates 
will be W. A. Appleton, general secre- 
tary of the General Federation of Trade 

Keen interest Is being manifested in 
the prize contest, the rules and condi- 
tions of which were published in the Jan- 
uary number of The Telegrapher. Get 
in and assist in carrying into effect our 
1918 slogan. 

Government employment service of the 
United States and Canada have entered 
into an agreement whereby neither coun- 
try can import laborers from the other 
without consent of the respective gov- 
ernments, the Labor Department has an- 

In a report by the Illinois State Direc- 
tor of Labor at Chicago it is stated there 
is no evidence of women radically dis- 
placing men. He says reports of women 
taking men's places in factories have been 
exaggerated. They are in demand for 
elevator operators and in banks and 
similar lines of business there is a 
tendency to employ women, he said. 

The normal shortage of labor in some 
industries has been slightly intensified. 

In urging workers to enroll in the 
United States employment service for 
possible future use, the Department of 
Labor makes this official announcement: 

"Let the entire country understand that 
there is no labor shortage at this time, 
that the problem is purely one of distri- 
bution, and that the facilities are now 
provided through the United States em- 
ployment service and its public service 

Opposition to the importation of 
Chinese labor was reaffirmed at the quar- 
terly meeting of the California State 
Federation of Labor Executive Board, 
which declared that "we are opposed to 

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any weakening of the immigration law 
relating to other aliens, until it is con- 
clusively shown that there is a real labdr 
shortage in our State in regard to the 
harvesting of crops during the ensuing 

TFe are in receipt of a copy of a chain 
letter, requesting all agents and telegra- 
pliers to write to ten otlier agents or 
telegraphers, sending a copy of the letter 
to Director General McAdoo. This let- 
ter requests an increase in wages for 
agents and telegraphers. Read '^Railroad 
V^age Commission" in the editorial col- 
umns of this issue. Our affairs are &e- 
ing handled along legitimate lines, in ac- 
cordance with the Constitution, hy the of- 
ficers elected for that purpose. 

The Railroad Wage Commission, ap- 
pointed hy Director General McAdoo, 
opened hearings in Washington, D. 0., 
Monday, January 28th. All railroad or- 
ganizations were represented. Among 
those present who heard President Per- 
ham make his request for a forty per 
cent increase in wages for our clasd of 
employes were J. F. Miller, Chairman of 
the Board of Directors; C. B. Lane, Gen- 
eral Chairman, and other members of 
the General Committee of the Norfolk 
and Western Railroad and the Editor. 

After five days of walking, riding trucks, 
jitneys, automobiles, limousines, and 
adapting many ingenious methods for 
reaching one*s destination, employes at 
the General Office are rejoicing with the 
other patrons of the United Railways 
Company of St. Louis on the successful 
termination of the tieup of the street car 
lines. The company has agreed to recog- 
nize the Union and handle the griev- 
ances of its conductors and motormen in 
conformity with the Ethics of fair em- 

Virtually providing for control of pri- 
vate financing during the war. the Ad- 
ministration War Finance Corporation 
bill was introduced simultaneously in the 
Senate and Honse. Financing of war in- 

dustries hampered by present conditions 
is the principal object. 

In requesting prompt passage of the 
bill, Secretary McAdoo has advised Con- 
gress leaders that it is necessary because 
many war and related industries are se- 
riously impeded by Inability to secure 
new -capital, due largely to the large 
drains made upon national resources by 
the government's war loans. 

According to an article in a Leipzig 
paper, by Herr von Breitenbach, who un- 
til recently was Prussian Minister of 
Railways, the number of women employ- 
ed by the Prussian State railways is now 
100,000 afi compared with 10,000 before 
the war. Herr von Breitenbach says that 
in purely manual labor, the efficiency of 
women is from 50 to 75 per cent that of 
men; that in work which requires a com- 
bination of mental and physical abili- 
ties women cannot compete with men. 
but that in the simplest forms of railway 
service women are perfect substitutes for 

Mutual Benefit Department members 
who are contemplating enlisting for mil- 
itary or naval service, are urged to ar- 
range for the payment of dues and as- 
sessments within two calendar months 
from January 1st and July 1st of each 
year. Should a member who has enlisted 
forfeit his membership in the Mutual 
Benefit Department, he will be unable to 
reinstate in this department while en- 
gaged in such service, therefore it is 
hoped that our boys will realize the neces- 
sity and importance of keeping in good 
standing by remitting both dues and as- 
sessments prior to February 2Sth and Au- 
gust Slst of each semi-annual period. 

An urgent call for 400 laborers by a 
factory having a government contract 
was cited by the United States Employ- 
ment Service as evidence of the "wide- 
spread and unfounded belief" that a gen- 
eral labor shortage exists. Representa- 
tives of the service investigated the call 
before attempting to supply the men, and 
discovered that they would. not be need- 
ed for two weeks, and that, in the mean- 

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to house them. 
}Ut, it was said, 
n the men were 
\ obtained, 
lis have been re- 
ding to demoral- 
cause Individual 

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the request of 

Lion, Light and 

loy women con- 

the Commission 
f women would 

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in company will 
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men require, It 
leeds. The trac- 
against a short- 
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before the Rail- 
in Washington, 
1 train dispatch- 
it body and re- 
of employes be 
rease in wages, 
sents train dis- 
lave shown a dis- 
ted, as was re- 
he Seaboard Air 
lispatchers were 
phers' schedule, 
rought to the at- 
atchers over the 
[ be urged to af- 
ition in order to 
Eind wages they 

Do not fail to keep in good standing 
at all times. For the information of cer- 
tificate holders in the Mutual Benefit De- 
partment, the signing of the so-called ^'ap- 
plication for reinstatement** or "vkw 
waiver*' is required of members who have 
allowed their membership to become de- 
linquent, by failing to pay their dues and 
assessments within two calendar months 
from the beginning of a semiannual dues 
period, in accordance with Article XY of 
the Mutual Benefit Department laws. In 
order to avoid signing this '^application 
for reinstatement*' members are urged to 
keep their membership continuous by for- 
warding remittances in payment of both 
dues and assessments prior to February 
28th and August 31 of each semirannual 
period, the beginning of which periods 
are January 1st and July 1st of each 
year. The signing of ^'supplement to ap- 
plication** is required of all new mem- 

In a special message, Governor Whit- 
man, of New York, transmitted to the 
Legislature part of a letter he had re- 
ceived recently from Samuel Gompers 
defining the position of the Council of 
National Defense relative to the suspen- 
sion of labor laws. In substance, it said 
that existing statutes governing workers 
should be suspended only when the 
gravest war emergency demanded such 
action, and then only when their suspen- 
sion was properly safeguarded. 

The message was received without ac- 
tion in the assembly. In the Senate it 
was referred to the Labor and Industries 

The letter was written because of re- 
cent agitations among workers in oppo- 
sition to the bill of Senator Brown which 
would authorize the suspension of State 
labor laws during the war. A similar 
bill passed the Legislature last year, but 
was vetoed. 

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The following births have been report- 
ed since the last issue of The Teleg- 

To Bro. and Mrs. L. A. Gardner, of 
Charleston, S. C, a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. H. R. Siler, of Tren- 
ton, Mo., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. D. H. Stephens, of 
Martensdale, Iowa, a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. P. C. Gardner, of 
Arilngton, Hd., a girL 

To Bro. and Mrs. J. Luther Robinson, 
of Velpen, Ind., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. George A. Lallement, 
of Moose Jaw, Sask., a girL 

To Bro. and Mrs. J. H. Baker, of Les- 
ter, Ohio, a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. R. C. Fawcett, of Dun- 
can, B. C, a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. A. B. Spence, of Coch- 
rane, Alta., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. Jesse I. Brown, of 
Redlands, Calif., a girL 

To Bro. .and Mrs. R. J. Creedon, of 
PainesYlUe, Ohio, a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. R. L. Puller, of Kings- 
burg, Calif., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. W. J. Hoffman, of 
Wyoming, Minn., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. C. O. Hay, of Livings- 
ton, Mont, a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. M. O. Olson, of Ar- 
thur, N. D., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. G. H. Messenger, of 
Bekcnrman, Mich., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. W. B. Conger, of 
South Haven, Minn., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. E. H. Oswald, of Co- 
lumbus, Ga., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. S. B. Caudle, of Con- 
cord, Ga., a girl. 

The following marriages have been re- 
ported since the last issue of Teb Tsleg- 

Bro. L. -i.. Tumbull, of Div. 130, to 
Miss Golda ToUes. 

Bro. Harley L. Stevens, of Div. 54, to 
Miss Hazel MiUer. 

At Wapato, Wash., Bro. J. L. Haw- 
thorne, of Div. 54, to Miss Mattie E. 

Bro. Glenn Corzine. of Div. 53. to Miss 
Marie Martin. 

Bro. F. N. Sigmon, of Div. 54, to Sis- 
ter Ella Collins, Div. 54. 

Bro. G. W. Gaudette, of Div. 54, to Miss 
Vine Harrison. 

Bro. S. O. Jarstead, of Div. 96, to Miss 
Katherine Corrigan. 

Bro. D. C. Ei)ps, of Div. 59, to Miss 
Cagle, of Rlverdale, Ga. 

The Tbleobapuer extends congratula- 
tions to the happy couples. 

The following deaths have been reported 
since the last issue of The Teleobapheb: 

Bro. Edward J. Collins, of Div. 71. 

Bro. H. V. Truitt, of Div. 44. 

Bro. James C. Culkins, of Div. 16. 

At Des Moines, lowa^ Bro. B. B. Parker, 
of Div. 23. 

At Grafton, Ohio, Bro. W. G. Saxton, of 
Div. 3. 

At Cupar, Sask., Bro. A. Fullerton, of 
Div. 7. 

At Jacksonville, Ala., Bro. H. L. Far- 
mer, of Div. 28. 

Father of Bros. J. E. and R. P. Bick, 
of Div. 53, and F. J. Bick, of the Grand 

At St. James, Ohio., mother of Bro. 
W. G. Collins, of Div. 3. 

Brother of Bro. C. J. Sullivan, of Div. 

Mother of Bro. J. J. Mooney, of Div. 

Brother of Bro. C. R. Robinson, of Div. 

Son of Bro. R. A. Beard, of Div. 15. 

Father of Bro. W. T. Schoonover, of 
Div. 23. 

At West Haven, .Conn., wife of Bro. 
George F. McCormack, of Div. 29. 

At New Haven, Conn., daughter of 
Bro. E. I. Phillips, of Div. 29. 

Wife of Bro. O. F. Myers, of Div. 33. 

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wife of Bro. S. C. McCoy, of Div. 33. 
Father of Bro. David M. Callls, of Div. 

of Bro. George E. Joslin, of 

of Bro. S. Kofer, of Div. 126. 
)f Bros. George A. and Sam A. 
)iv. 59. 

idere, 111., wife of Bro. R. E. 
1, of Div. 76. 

3ro. E. P. Allen, of Div. 62. 
r of Bro. S. O. Richman, of 
Bro. Floyd A. Walls, of Div. 

)t Bro. J. M. Combs, of Div. 130. 
of J. W. F. Garner, of Div. 59. 
of Bro. C. H. Wing, of Div. 

er Schmidt, of Div. 111. 
Bro. F. Crosskill, of Div. 43. 
jf Bro. Lawrence J. O'Donnell, 

of Bro. F. H. Lisenby, of Div. 

Bro. S. A. Hering, of Div. 42. 
Bro. E. E. Horton, of Div. 42. 
Bro. A. Wilson, of Div. 40. 
e Haute, Ind., the wife of Bro. 
hitehead, of Div. 34. 
ward J. Sullivan, of Div. 8. 
Francisco, Calif., wife of Bro. 
k. of Div. 126. 
K. Winsor. of Div. 126. 
vrer, Colo., the father of Bro. 
5, of Div. 53. 

Clair, Wash., Sister Ellen M. 
wife of Bro. J. B. Graybeal, of 

of Bro. L. D. Weyand, of Div. 

Downing, of Div. 81. 

saved relatives have the sympa- 


address of Harry H. Wolf, last 
working for Q. O. & K. 0. as 
e point in Missouri. 

W. C. Holmes, Jb., 
Mannsville, Okla. 

Present address of William Bartlett, 
last heard of working for C P. R. at 
Greenville Jet, Maine. 

Present address of Bro. Daji Doyle, 
working on Ann Arbor at Thompsonville, 
"Boys, if you see this, drop me a line." 
G. E. Balsbauqh, 
Lock Box 178, 
Biggsville, 111. 

Present address of Raymon S. Craig, 
worked as night eng. dispr. for S. P. Co. 
at Tucson, Ariz., in 1913. May be em- 
ployed as yard clerk. 

Present address of James A. Single- 
tary, worked as yard clerk and operator 
at Benson, Ariz., In 1913. 

Jesse C. Loivo, 
No. 360 "D" St, 
San Bernardino, Calif. 

Present address of the following: 

Oakley Graybeal, last working as opr. 
at "CW" on Decatur Div. Wabash R. R. 

William McLaughlin, lately discharged 
from naval service and whom I think is 
working on B. & O. S. W.. somewhere in 

Ben Polsen, last heard of several years 
ago working in Milwaukee, but is prob- 
ably on the C. & N. W. 

"Boys, if any of you see this, won't 
you please send your old friend, who at 
one time worked with you in 'DA', a 

Otto E. Tbubeb, 
Box 94, 
Wells River, Vt. 


Card No. 6055, Cert 1033, Div. 59, for 
term ending June 30, 1918. 

Card No. 1377, Cert. 430, Div. 44, for 
term ending June 30, 1918. 

Card No. 511, Cert. 5678, Grand Divi- 
sion, for term ending June 30, 1918. 

Card No. 274, Cert. 63, Div. 39. tor 
term ending Jime 30, 1918. 

Div. cards in favor Cert. 373, Div. 82, 
for terms December 31, 1911, to Decem- 
ber 31, 1917, inclusive. 

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By Kate E. Carb, President. 
In time of war as in time of peace it 
is not only important, but very essential, 
that the people be well fed, clothed and ' 
sheltered. Victory does not depend on 
guns and soldiers alone; it depends as 
well on the efficiency of every man, wom- 
an and child back of the firing-line. To 
maintain this efficiency there must be 
enough food and it must be so prepared 
and combined as to be both palatable 
and nourishing. There must be plenty of 
clothing of a good and suitable character 
provided for all. And the general up- 
keep, and hence material quality of our 
homes must not be allowed to deterio- 

Since 85 per cent of the food in 
this country is consumed in the homes, 
we* women literally become the na- 
tion's stewards. Every American woman 
should, if she has not already done 
80, get a good primer on human feeding. 
Make protein, fat. carbohydrates and 
calories household words understood by 
each member of our respective families. 
In order to carry the Allies through this 
war with sufficient foodstuffs to maintain 
their men at the front and their women 
and children at home, we must neces- 
sarily substitute fish, fruit, potatoes, vege- 
tables, poultry and dairy products for the 
foods which are transportable or funda- 
mental to Eung>e. 

Since the war has placed such a heavy 
demand upon the food output as to cre- 
ate a shortage in our so-called staple ar- 
ticles, we must learn to Judiciously use 
these foodstuffs of which we have an 

With our entry into the war, a cry for 
economy and thrift was sent forth. Right- 
ly interpreted, it was a timely cry, but 
there is a wide difference between the 
economy that is timid, selfish, hoarding, 
and the economy that is wise administra- 
tion. The sensible woman does not stop 
short in the purchase of clothing or the 
day's legitimate needs. Such practice 
not only harbors undue and imnecessary 
privation upon our families, but stops the 
wheels of industry, thus throwing thou- 
sands out of employment For, since the 
principal market for manufactured goods 
and other commodities produced by labor 
is secured among the laborers themselves, 
a cessation of the demand for these prod- 
ucts can have but one result: a partial, 
and in time, total cessation of their 
production. As a natural consequence we 
would then have an oversupply of labor 
and the much dreaded competition for 
work among laborers would be sure to 
follow, thus causing the gulf between the 
high cost of living and the buying power 
of our dollars to be correspondingly more 
difficult to bridge for us all. 

There will be no money-shortage. There 
will be plenty of employment at high 
wages if the women who handle 87 per 
cent of the money spent in this country 
will exercise proper discretion and con- 
tinue to spend wisely and sanely. 

Providence, R. I., Local No. 35. 
The year, 1917, has passed most har- 
moniously and pleasantly. We have held 
regular meetings each month with a good 
average attendance. Our December meet- 
ing was unusually fine and enthusiastic. 
After a good business meeting, Sister 

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led with songs, with Sis- 
y as accompanist. ESach 
jontrihution for our lunch 
te a festival. 

»r was presented with a 
r from President Haddock 
ausic from Sister Ross. 
T, 1918, meeting our pres- 
1 she could not be a can- 
Motion in February. Noth- 
can be said of President 
and efficient management 
IT and her retirement Is 

was followed by a "Hoov- 
erved by Sisters Mehrlng 

ns are extended to Broth- 
Jeorge Hebert and Broth- 
McCabe on the recent ar- 
Irls in their homes. 


Whereas, It has pleased our Heavenly 
Father, in His infinite wisdom, to call to 
his eternal home, the father of Brother 
and Sister George E. Joslin, therefore be 

Resolyed, That the members of Auxil- 
iary to Division No. 36, O. R. T., extend 
to the sorrowing brother and sister their 
heartfelt sympathy in this their sad hour 
of bereavement; and be it further, 

Resolved, That a copy of the resolutions 
be sent to the bereaved brother and sister, 
a copy sent to The Teleobaphok for publi- 
cation, and a copy spread upon the min- 
utes of the Auxiliary Local 35. 

Clara A. Wood, 


Emma C. Welch, 


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IN THE early part of the 80's I was 
holding down a sidetrack O. S. Job 
on the main line of the U. P. in 
Western Wyoming. There was only a 
depot, section house, and water tank at 
the place, the nearest neighbors being 
at the next station, sixteen miles away. 
I was fresh from the Bast; and the lonely 
nights I spent in that out-of-the-way place, 
listening to the doleful wail of the coy- 
otes and occasional screams of moun- 
tain lions, were indeed nerve racking. 

I had bought a Winchester and a Colt's 
six-shooter, and took great pride in "pack- 
ing" It by means of a scabbard and belt, 
with the belt bristling with cartridges, 
strapped loosely around my waist. The 
outfit presented a very formidable ap- 
pearance, and was the cause of many sly 
winks, nodding ot heads, and indulgent 
jests on the part of the trainmen. While 
I presumed it had the opposite effect, my 
make-up proclaimed the "tenderfoot" 
with emphasis. 

One night, while a crew was in the 
office getting orders and waiting for a 
stock train, a brakeman, who, by the 
way, was a jolly good fellow, spoke, as 
I took it, casually to the boys about an 
operator who had been killed by train 
robbers several years before at that very 
place. The conversation became general, 
and the boys entered into the 8cheme 
with energy. 

They told, with horrible detail, how the 
unfortunate operator was surprised at the 
very table where I was sitting by a gang 
of train robbers, and ordered to stop 
No. 8, the overland through express, due 
at my station shortly after midnight, and 
that the operator refused and showed 
fight, and was instantly shot and killed 

by the outlaws. I did not observe the sly 
winks exchanged between the crew, and 
was very much disturbed by the story 
of the tragedy. 

Ely Saunders, the engineer, asked me 
what I would do if train robbers tried 
to hold me up sonne night. I pointed 
significantly at my six-shooter and Win- 
chester a^d replied that I should make 
it hot for the outfit that tried it This 
was the occasion for a general burst of 
good-natured laughter that I never did 
understand until a great while later. 

The stock train showed up and ^e 
boys bade me good night, cheerily warn- 
ing me to be careful if train robbers or 
Indians should attack me, and I was left 
alone with the unpleasant refiections of 
the tragic end of my predecessor several 
degrees removed. 

The overland express, No. 8, was due 
at 2:17 in the morning, and I had until 
that time to take a few hours* nap on the 
table. I lay down and tried to sleep, 
but couldn't About 1:30, my fire being 
low, I went across the track to the coal 
house after coal. I opened the coal house 
door, picked up the shovel, and was just 
in the act of shoving it into the coal 
pile when a rough voice from behind com- 
manded. "Hands up there, young fellar!" 
I whirled around only to confront a 
masked individual and the muzzle of a 
six-shooter stuck in my face; at the same 
moment another masked man deliberately 
stepped up and pulled my valued sir- 
shooter out of its scabbard and put it 
in his pocket with a chuckle of satis- 

The only means of escape seemed for 
me to crawl into the barrel of that gun. 
and it certainly looked large enough. 
Five masked men — train robbers — stood 

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B Russians were 
autoe, adding: 
" ' "But yours are 
le other, quickly, 
ently tell of their 
way. Wrote a 
front when the 
ir own way: "At 
ing they attacked 
milk (303) on the 

>nd of his Joke 83 
rary French post 
*ench was set up 
\ from noon to 2 
non are requested 

humor is seen in 
sian left on a pile 
treating, the sol- 
irry away. Upon 
floline. "We hear 

bread and gaso- 
le Russian wrote, 
t pranks that the 
n Fritz before the 
mlze ammunition 
, a cap on it and 
wn to simulate a 

observation post, 
ive been used up 

ger to forget fear, 
shells are named 

boxes/' **Percy," 
5 delight of the 
»vers a new shell 
ess he inquires : 

and then has the 
It "Percy" is like 
>mes through the 

>t its namie in a 
s nearly mad with 
is head, when a 
The explosion 
for a time, 
d, his first remark 
[IT mates," replied 

replied, and that 
11, on that front. 

thereafter was called ^'Palmer's neuralgia 

And yet there are thoee who say that 
humor does not blend with war! that they 
do not make jokes worth repeating; that 
the business of killing does not encour- 
age wit! 

Listen to the story of the sergeant 
awaiting a meal in what was left of the 
kitchen of an inn after a 12-inch shell 
made its home there. The partitions 
separating the dining room and the bar 
were riddled with bullets and fragments. 
The bar itself had its back broken and 
the tables and chairs were in various 
stages of demK)lition. 

"What a fright you must have had!" 
said the sergeant, sympathetically. 

"Yes," replied the simple old lady, who 
was in the kitchen when the shell burst 
and mlraculoiusly had come through alive. 
"I was afraid the range was busted." 

The arrival of a chaplain in camp 
made it necessary to erect a tempcM'ary 
rostrum. Empty ration boxes were 
picked up at random and nailed together. 
The regimental •haplain ascended it and 
announced for the opening hymn, 'TThe 
Church's Sure Foundation." A hurricane 
of laughter followed. Being unable to 
proceed, the chaplain went down among 
the congregation. Then he, too, entered 
into the joke. The pulpit on all sides 
bore the brand of a famous whisky. 

The "Black Maria," which at one 
sweep digs a hole 8 feet deep and 15 
feet across, gives ten seconds' warning 
No flag signal man is needed to give 
the alarm, the red flag of danger having 
no place on the front The men, when 
the whistle of the "Black Maria" is heard, 
take to what they call their rabbit war- 
rens. They themselves, because of their 
scrambling abilities in rushing to ^ place 
to huddle together, have nick-named 
themselves rabbits. When the scream of 
the shell denotes that it is coming in 
their direction, they cry out, "Here comes 
the gamekeeper!" No second warning is 

A British general driving the Qermans 
forward was within 20 feet of a shell 
that exploded. 

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your own being, serving and comfort- 
i: you. — By EJdwIn Gordon Lawrence. 

voii'iro trrkX rriA 

"^nere mat leiiow 
16 had the drink 
\ and I suppose 
•—By EMward B. 

, before a cheer- 
urrounded with 
nt the wisdom of 
torm that rages 
e warmth of the 
e companionship 

at I may retire 
he world, escape 
the elements, to 
iplendors of my 
9e with the fire, 
)ut I should fimr 

rous friendfi of 
ad wise men of 
f Rome; the in- 
\ ages — ^Aurelius, 
and Cicero; the 
►d — Shakespeare, 
3 that border on 
Spencer, Frank- 
'son, Longfellow, 
nporaries; those 
the flesh — Mor- 
Roosevelt, added 
of women of re- 

I Louise, Eliza- 
spirits of today 

nd they are ever 


L host of friends 

II ages who are 
rosity and limit- 
rhey give us all 
come and go at 

ess in value and 
jy serve us with- 
• with us no mat- 
d. Cultivate the 
r minds, and the 
1 become a part 


IN THESE times, when anybody says 
"be a soldier," we think they mean 
join the U. S. Army and go to 

But here is a different thought about it 

Many words have a descriptive mean- 
ing derived from their couErtant applica- 
tion to a certain thing. 

If you call a man a "hog," everybody 
knows at once what you mean. If you 
say a certain person acts like a "mon- 
key," you may have described him in 
one word a great deal more fully and 
more accurately than you could by any 
long description of other wwds. 

Now, do you get me, when I tell you to 
be a "SOLDIER." 

A soldier is a man who has one object 
in life and who devotes all he is and has 
to it. He is not fighting for himself alone, 
but for you and for me. He sacrifices 
himself for the good of us all. He suffers 
any privation necessary without com- 
plaining. He takes all the risks of being 
wounded or killed as a part of hifi day's 

You, sitting at home in safety and com- 
fort, complain because the government 
finds it necessary to tax your income or 
your property more than it did in time? 
of peace. Tou complain because you have 
to work a little harder, now that so many 
who used to help you are required in 
the military service. You complain be- 
cause you cannot have the things, or do 
the things, that you could before all the 
world went to war. 

For heaven's sake— BE A SOLDIESl! 

Fight on the home line, if you can't 
on the front. Sacrifice your selfish de- 
sires for the good of all. Suffer the little 
privations without complaining. Cheer- 
fully take the risks of losing a few pleas- 
ures, or a few dollars for humanity's 
sake, without letting out the whine that 
shows you up as a coward and a slacker. 
BE A SOLDIEHl! — By Chas. F. Jones, of 

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issed Serene, I fold my hands and wait. 

Nor care for wind, or tide, or sea ; 
and I ^^^ve no more 'grainst time or fate. 

For, lo! my own shall come to me. 




I stay my haste, I make delays. 
For what avails this eager pace? 

I stand amid the eternal ways, 

And what is mine shall know my face. 

Asleep, awake, by night or day, 
^ ^ The friends I seek are seeking me ; 

No wind can drive my bark astray, 
and Nor change the tide of desUny. 

(ier*8 What matter If I stand alone? 

I wait with Joy the coming years; 
My heart shall reap where it has sown. 
>u're And gamer up its fruit of tears. 

The waters know their own and draw 
and The brook that springs in yonder height; 

So flows the good with equal law 
ugh. Unto the soul of pure delight. 

e*T' ^**® ®**"'® °^™® nightly to the sky; 

^ed "^^^ ^*^*^ wave unto the sea; 

Nor time, nor space, nor deep, nor high. 
Can keep my own away from me. 
^ ^^ — John Bdrrouohs. 

sr. The Man of Choice. 

* Agnes wants a millionaire. 

With coaches and a car, 
**• Who'll take her all around with him 

sion, ^n^j travel near and far. 


Mabel wants a manly man, 
on, Broad-shouldered, strong and tall, 

ler's While Nellie wants a stylish dude, 

Who'll come at be^k and call. 


Sarah wants a publisher, 

And lots and lots of space, 

And Carrie wants a handsome man. 

^^ * With a happy, smiling face. 

Imit. Martha's- choice a preacher is, 

the With hair of glossy Jet, 

And Nancy says she'll have to take 
it. Whomever she can get. 

Mary aims so very high, 
She'll never be content 

With any man upon this earth 
Except the President. 

had I'm not sure I want to wed. 

But if I do, I pray 
lied. I'll get a man who's wise enough 

H, To let me have my way. 

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A Good Suggestion. 

Poet — ^I seek a phrase that shall ex- 
press the Joy of life in two words. Can 
you suggest anything? 

Unfeeling Friend — Received payment! 

'Twas Ever Thus. 

"Here's a fellow patents a contrivance 
to keep gills from falling out of ham- 

"More machinery displacing men/' — 
LfOuisville Courier-Journal. 

A SUte of Mind. 

Mr. Saphead — On my army application 
tliere is a place to tell the contlltion of 
the mind. What would you advise me to 

Miss Hutting — Leave it blank. — Judge. 

Beyond Repair. 
Fond Mother — My daughter's voice has 
been a great expense to me. 

Visitor (who has been listening to it 
for an hour) — ^And you can do nothing for 
it? — Stray Btories. 

Doing Him Justice. 

First Editor — Here's one of the most 
learned men in the country — ^Prof. Skim- 
merton — Just passed away. What shall I 
say about him? 

Second Editor— You might refer to him 
as a finished scholar. 

Fraudulent Advertising. 

Sacca Bonna wants something severe 
done to people who don't do as they ad- 
vertise to do. He says he saw a sign in 
a street car: 

"Buy O'Flannagan's rubber heels; 50 
cents attached." 

And so he went and bought a pair, but 
there was no half-dollar attached, and he 
believes he has been swindled. — The Tel- 
Uno Btrand, 

A Reason Why. 

One of our able senators was arguing 
a momentous naval question with an op- 

"You know I never boast," the oppo- 
nent remarked during the argument. 

"Never boast? Bully!" exclaimed the 
senator. Then, In a more reflective mood, 
he added. **No wonder you brag about it" 


"Is your wife putting up any fruii this 

"No, but I've canned a few peaches my- 

"You have?" 

"Yes, I had three different stenograph- 
ers this year, and not one of them knew 
half as much about spelling and grammar 
as she did about the latest fashions." 

Too Often "Down." 

"Do you go in for aviation?" he asked 
the beauty of the high class girls' school. 

"No, not for aviation. One goes in for 
sea bathing, but for aviation one goes 



Mr. Gnaggs — Oh, there are worse 
lows in the world than I am. ^ 

iMrs. Gnaggs — Don't be such a pessi 

In Urbe. 

A little girl from a more leisurely part 
of the country was walking with her 
mother along that part of Olive street 
which skirts the Railway Exchange Build- 
ing. It was the noon hour, and the crowd 
was out and in rapid motion. The air 
was strong and gusts of it scurried past 
as they do in that vicinity. 

"I don't like St. Louis, mother," said 
the little girl. "Everything is in such a 
hurry — even the wind." ^-^ , 

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the railroads and of other 
feel that under present con- 
entitled to a large increase 

Its should be emphasized to 
Ion appointed by General Di- 
00 to investigate the salaries 
ad\ employes. 

Mtbon E. Davis, 
Certificate 542, 
Agent Mo. Pac. 

By "Mack." 

1 from page 43, January.) 

Eill opposition "Organized 
prown, not ahead, but foUow- 
3S Organization." Not only 
'ganizations increased numer- 
ley have also extended their 
m, as outlined in preceding 
I its development it has met 

objectors, hostility of the 

nsure of the public, and the 

many who are wage earners 

The first arises from con- 
)mic interests that often ends 

conflict. Much has been 
le identity of interest of em- 
?mploye, that looks good in 
•ry, but fails in practical 
in all be summed up in the 
i the production of wealth 
>resent industrial order the 
ipitalist and laborer are iden- 
far as both are necessary 
ctors, but in the equitable 
[lis dual produced wealth the 
lard to define even by the 
irative economic writers. It 
3en satisfactorily defined, so 
al strife is not so much the 
idividual as it is systematic. 
Ells and industrial classes are 
3 of an industrial order that 
ag interests, and not the cre- 
Strenuousity is considered a 
Bition for business leadership 

success, removing restrain- 
B is the chief work of the 

strenuous leader of business and it will 
hardly be denied that labor organizations 
are a restraint on overzealous officialdom 
exercising Its free will regardless of its 
effect on the employes. This is galling 
to the .average employer that is partly 
responsible for his objections. Employ- 
ers have many objections of a more de- 
tailed nature, but we will dismiss them 
and state the first and basic objection of 
many of them — that labor organizations 

Censure of what might be called the 
"public" composed of those who may not 
be directly concerned in the industry in- 
volved in strife, or the questions at issue 
are, nevertheless, made sufferers through 
circumstances they cannot control. In 
the battle of industrial giants "the pub- 
lic" receives some of the blows that in 
the present day vents itself in censure 
of one or both the giants; in the short 
past it was generally applied to labor. 
Sometimies it may have been unwarranted, 
sometimes perhaps deserved. Organized 
labor is not infallable. All these objec- 
tions retard the work of organizing to a 
degree, but the saddest and most irritat- 
ing objections often come from employes 
who are benefited by the power of or- 
ganization in the craft they may be a 
worker. These objections have in many 
cases their source in daily news sheets, 
or business publications and are absorbed 
by the unthinking workman who phono- 
graphical ly repeats them to his organized 
neighbor, or an organizer whom he may 
come in contact with. It is with many 
of the objections met by the organizer 
that we will deal, and run through the 
crucible of thought, as there are few 
people in this organized age who have 
had the experience of labor officials and 
organizers in dealing with dissenters in 
the ranks and among those that should 
be their defenders. 

The first is the man or woman who 
tells you, "I object to labor organizations 
on general principles." When specifica- 
tions are asked for they are generally 
lacking, and a few more queries disclose 
that they are not conversant with any 

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of the principles, much less general prin- 
ciples. This poor misguided creature 
fails to realize that he is living in an age 
of organization, concentration of employ- 
ing interests are taking place almost ev- 
ery hour before his eyes. Merger fol- 
lows merger in the process of business 
centralization with these ends in view, 
first, to make money; second, to make 
more money, and you can follow this as 
far as numerals can carry you with the 
same monotonous object. He fails to see 
that there are but two basic methods to 
attain this end, one is by selling what the 
employer has to sell at the highest pos- 
sible figure, and the other is to buy what 
he must have at the lowest possible cost. 
The difference between these two prices 
represents his minimum, or maximum 
profits. Among the purchases of raw ma- 
terials is labor — (General Principle Objec- 
tor included) is placed alongside of other 
commodities, and the employer — great or 
small— adhering to business principles, 
that are underwritten by economic laws 
never pays more than he must for it, and 
how "Mr. General Principle Objector" ex- 
pects to protect himself from the power 
of organization only by counter organiza- 
tion he is unable to explain. When he 
desires to sell what he has — labor — he is 
confronted by highly organized corpora- 
tions and trusts organized, among other 
things, to buy him as cheap as possible. 
When he buys the necessities of life he 
faces the same problem in the organized 
manufacturers, the merchants' associa- 
tion, organized grangers, and many 
others, all organized to defend themselves 
and their general business, and increase 
the value of their wares, none organized 
for charity but for the express purpose 
of taking a business advantage of those 
who have not the organized power to 
withstand their assaults. Mr. G. P. O. 
sees no harm in any kind of organization, 
bnt the organization of workingmen. Ask 
hhn when he condemns labor organiza- 
tions. What is your substitute for them? 
and he is shorn of all argument and left 
stranded on the sea of reason. The at- 
titude of Mr. G. P. O. also has an analogy 

in black slavery, when the poor illiterate 
colored servants hurled more abuse at 
the invading army of abolition than did 
the real beneficiaries of slavery. The 
slave of 1861-65 was the "General Prin- 
ciple Objector" of that day. 

The individualist — this type is often 
met by the organizer. He is one that In- 
flates himself and proudly announces that 
"he does not feel like sinking his in- 
dividuality in a labor organization." To 
hear him speak one would be led to be-. 
lieve that he climbed the steps to a generaT 
manager's office, and in some exaggerated 
cases the president's, after receiving a 
Havana cigar he made a special contract 
to cover himself alone. This pompous 
individual would be considerably Jarred, 
and his pride diminished if he could get 
a look at large corporate bookkeeping 
where his individuality was buried in a 
maze of figures representing dollars and 
cents, profits and expenses, where his 
name is lost and in its stead is the daily, 
monthly and yearly cost of running a de- 
partment of which he may be a unit 
On the daily time sheet of the immediate 
chief of his department, if he has a pro- 
nounceable name, he may be entered un- 
der it,, but if not, he is likely to appear 
as a number. Purchased in bulk a type 
of labor power of a hundred, a thousand, 
or more, in which so much money is in- 
vested for a profitable return. The wage 
is attached to the position, and not to 
the man. Individualism in industry has 
long passed away. We are living in an age 
of social production in which industrial 
types furnish but constituent parts to- 
ward the completion of a fi^iished whole. 
The employer has no less ceased to be an 
individual in the capacity of ownership. 
Operating officialdom has also ceased to 
be an individual, they are as much in- 
dustrial types as the wage earner. They 
are often prompted to say officially "Yes" 
when they personally would sooner say 
"No," and "vice versa." It sometimes 
compells them to do what the finer in- 
stincts of manhood abhor, or if they 
don't someone else will. The only real 
individualist of modem days was "Robin- 

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liiey are not bc^neticial — Uiis is a pre- 
text put lorward Dy some muiviauals mat 
laiis to tlie lot o£ tne orgamzer lo meet. 
Tms nim&y excuse £or nun-meiiioersjiip is 
usually given by one wno ixiiagines mat 
ail human progress comes wimouc numan 
eixon. My iriend, your reasoning is re- 
Dutted by the eyidence of. employers 
ihemselyes, many ol whom would wish 
that your assertion were true. The fals- 
ity ol It is disclosed by simple observa- 
tion, if you will take the trouble to ob- 
serve; perhaps you are a living example 
of bettered wages and working conditicms 
that proves your pretext to bordering 
dose to prevarication. It would be rather 
a sad condition for yourself and others 
if there were no restraint on greed, fos- 
tered as it is by modem industrial codes 
based in the battle for accumulation of 
wealth, and the desire to ainass the same 
at the expense of others. Labor organiza- 
tions have bettered conditions, it is bet- 
tering them today, slowly perhaps, but 
you must not fail to remember that 
wrongs rooted in customs are not changed 
as quickly as you flip a waffle iron. It 
takes tim«, it takes effort, and it looks a 
little selfish for you to withhold yours. 
If the present industrial system should 
remain intact, and by unforeseen and 
unfortunate chance all organized labor 
should pass out of existence, you would 
be among the first to bewail its passing 
and plead for its return. 

Dissatisfaction— Others excuse non- 
membership on the plea of dissatisfaction 
and despair, asserting that little or noth- 
ing is gained. This is usually an ex-mem- 
ber who has a very limited knowledge of 
labor's problems ot the past or the pres- 
ent. He labors under the impression that 
the simple placing of his name on the 
membership roll will bring showers of 
**manna" from an employer's heaven, and 
failing to realize his wishes he permits 
his membership to lapse and becomes a 
double barreled fault finder. He is on 
par with the little boy who places his 
name on a school roll and labors under 
the impression that this simple act will 
bring him an education without any fur- 

ther effort on his 
be a day when 1 
me toiler will gr 
simple act oi payi 
IS necessary to c 
uiscrlminately plu 
desires and your 
always be a wid 
better chance of J 
proportiOAs by re 
lectively boosting 
individually knoc] 
Another apologi 
has no objection t 
ciples of labor oi 
not become a miej 
in tactics and lo 
In some cases it 
others too radical 
it revolutionary; 
tain alliances wl 
some to cut loose 
formed. To thesi 
inside, advocate ; 
ganizations, like a 
modern society. 
Try and convince 
logic and argum< 
and methods arc 
ones. If you fail 
an objecting min 
healthy adjunct t 
not entirely with 
like to display a 1 
similar to the pi 
takes her dishes [ 
to play because 
own unrestrainec 
maiily man never 
day may come \ 
rally around you: 
ion of the disseni 
sent to non-meml 
look good in prio 
no more a ridicule 
now. Organized la 
they will do so a 
business, organizi 
we all made thei 
one when you si 
tactics, and perm 
damentals to pas 

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convince you 
shallow ones. 

[uan to meet 
emains apart 
aid. He wiU 
ds but actions 
words in his 
iiat to assert 
would handi- 
e was threat- 
of "Improved 
>r that reason 
. pass him up, 
St in the army 
is unfortunate 
cause. If hu- 
I this type we 
primitive state 
rpents for our 
leet the above 
a few parting 
L them, and to 
^ould make a 
ing world. It 
passed up— he 
lustrial world 
close to being 

is left over, is 
t)oth employer 

industrial Dr. 
LO figures that 

to better con- 
r manhood, "I 
burying mine," 
alert for inside 

of preference 
is fellow work- 
y his employer 
)e honored by 
for this poor 
m. If you give 
racant stare or 
vho writes his 
ariot" deserves 

'. in the eco- 
d to your short 
BS of the work- 
over the pages 
[mtinue aa long 

as conflicting economic classes exist. No 
matter how much we may pride ourselves 
that the present state of organized so- 
ciety is superior to those of the past, 
man'a inhumanity to man based in the 
struggle for accumulation still exists. 
The competitive order, that strife-breed- 
ing incubator that arrays man against 
man, group against group, and nation 
against nation, impresses its results on 
the human family with force today. In- 
dividual gain is the predominating fea- 
ture of industry, where production is the 
incident, and profit the object, and where 
profits tend to a maximimi, and wages to 
a minimum unless met by a counter force 
of an aroused public as the consumer, or 
outraged workers as the producers. In- 
dustry is not overburdened with altru- 
ism. "The Golden Rule" plays little part 
in business ethics. As wage earners we 
have a commodity to sell and (as stated 
before) capitalistic industry is founded 
on the principle of profits. Sell your fin- 
ished wares at the highest possible price, 
buy your raw materials at the lowest pos- 
sible cost. For this underlying purpose 
great organizations are coming to life 
every day in the business world. In- 
dividualism has almost ceased in produc- 
tion. EiVerywhere you turn you see men 
organizing for all purposes, finding con- 
centrated action productive of greater re- 
sults for protective or aggressive rear 
sons, and the worker's individual chance 
of securing Justice from highly organized 
corporate business Ib about on par with 
the fate of "King Kanute" in his Udal 
experience. A single workman can easily 
be dispensed with, or he may cease work 
without removing a single harsh condi- 
tion, or imiproving the position for a fol- 
lower. It is only by collective or or- 
ganized action that wrongs may be 
righted, and progress made. No matter 
how much workers' organizations may be 
condemned as aggressiv% bodies, they 
must be acknowledged as a necessity as 
a defensive m^easure. In this great strug- 
gle of industrial improvement all should 
carry their share of the burden. Failure 
of some to do so only makes the task 
harder for those who carry it There is 

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no neutral position. You are either in solve. There never was any improve- 

front drawing the chariot of your indue- ment of the working class t 

trial progress, or you are hanging behind ers had not to contend w 

retarding it. The organized power to pur- to secure it. They never 

chase labor must be met by the organized "Aladdin's Lamp" where a 

power to sell it It has assisted the work- supernatural power becai 

ers in the past, it is assisting them today Join a union of your crafi 

notwithstanding the denials of some who and work and watch, for 

are being assisted. There is still much pays to take advantage of 

bring new done. 

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All matter lor this depwrtment must be in the hands ol the Grand Secretary and 
Treasurer on or before the 25th day ol the month in order to insure iU use in. 
the foUowing issue. 

St. Louis, Mo., Div. No. 2. 

Clover Leaf Railway — 

The tra«ric death of Bro. E. B. Kern, with- 
in a few days of being 49 years old, has 
cast a gloom over this entire road, where 
he had friends by the score, having worked 
on the line as an extra agent for a long time 
and was agent at Van Buren, Ind., also for 
some time, making friends wherever he went. 
He leaves a wife, two daughters and two 
sons to mourn his loss, one of the young 
ladies being a school teacher. His mother, 
stepfather, three brothers and one sister 
also survive him. 

Brother Kern was an enthusiastic mem- 
ber of our order, always carrying an up-to- 
date card. He and I grew up as schoolmates 
in the same township, and have been friends 
all of our lives; so his death came as a dis- 
tinct shock to me personally. He wsls a 
clean, upright man. 

Having joined the Salem Evangelical 
Church in 1885, near his old home east of 
Decatur, Ind., he was licensed to preach in 
1891 by the Indiana conference, serving one 
year on the Payne circuit in Paulding 
county, Ohio, and then took up school teach- 
ing for a number of years before entering 
the railroad service. 

When Brother Kern left the Clover Leaf, 
he took service with the Cotton Belt Railway, 
and met his death at the hands of a burglar, 
defending the property of that road at Fargo, 
Ark. (where he was agent), on the night of 
December 18, 1917. He was still alive when 
found a few moments after, being shot in 
one of his arms and the lower part of the 
abdomen, the latter bullet passing up 
through the thorax, nearly perforating his 

Among the few questions he was able to 
answer before he expired, was that he had 
been attacked by a white man, but he did 
not get the money ; which was evidenced by 
the safe being locked, and finding Brother 
Kern's watch and |38.00 of his own money 
still on his body. 

He had first been struck on the head 
twice with a hammer and dazed, after which, 
judging from the papers scattered around 
the room and Its disarranged condition, there 
must have been a fierce struggle before he 
was overpowered and shot with his own 
revolver; the first bullet fired being im- 
bedded in the wall about two feet from the 

floor, probably before the weapon 
wrenched from Bro. Kern's grasp. 

Fargo, Ark., is a lonely little station ot 
only four houses, but it is a railroad cross- 
ing and the company does quite a heavy- 
business there. 

The special train rushed there with. 
surgeons by the railway company did not 
arrive until after he was dead. ESverythingr 
possible is being done by the authorities to 
apprehend his murderer. 

His body was taken by the railway ofllcials 
to Briukley, Ark., where it was met by Mr. 
A. S. Elzey, a brother-in-law, taken to 
Ossian to be prepared for interment and 
later to Decatur, Ind., where he was buried 
on Sunday, December 28rd, ftx»m the Elvan- 
gelical Church, the papers of that place pub- 
lishing over a column commendatory of his 
eventful life. 

Brother Kern held certificate Na 147 In 
the Cotton Belt Ky., Division No. 27. and 
was in good standing, being also insured for 
|500.0t) at the time he was murdered. 

His tragic death is one of the many in- 
stances of the uncertainties of life. We 
none of us know how soon we may meet a 
similar fate, or otherwise instantly lose our 
lives, owing to the many vicissitudes of our 
every-day occupations; therefore, we should 
have our division dues and M. B. D. assess- 
ments always paid up to date, and be sure 
that we are in good standing all the time. 
H. S. Walters, General Chairman, 
Clover Leaf Ry. and Local Chair- 
man Toledo Dist., Gas City, Ind. 

New Haven, Conn., Div. No. 29. 
New Haven Div,, N. Y., N. H. d H, R. iJ.— 

The new schedule read at December's 
meeting has been presented to the company 
and acknowledgment oif the same received. 
At the time this is being written no meet- 
ings with the general manager have as yet 
been granted. General Chairman Ross having 
been advised that negotiations cannot be en- 
tered into until a more definite understand- 
ing is obtained as to the extent of govern- 
ment supervision in this sphere of finance. 

A reasonably sufficient time having now 
elapsed for some definite reply to have been 
received, coupled with the fact that, without 
solicitation, a raise of ten per cent was 
handed to the train dispatchers, effective 

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ventlon. In the A. O. U. W. she had at- 
tained the degree of Lady of Honor. She 
had attended every convention of the O. R. 
T. from the one at Buffalo up to that held 
at Seattle, at which time the circumstances 
of our being an alternate privileged a close 
insight into their mutually lovable relations 
**' of their 29 years of mar- 
pleasure the Journey was 
mt to the acid test unsel- 
ion. Through all the time 
of sufficient strength were 
to dictate the wisdom of 
iseparableness never once 
Jice; both or none would 

ing qualities that builded 
.ppreciation in the home; 
Ipfulness and affection, en- 
lost of friends and neces- 
to an honored and useful 
lal fold. 

OSS sustained beyond the 
le. sincere sympathies are 
K^retary. and the hope that 
mories of a faithful help- 
the burden more easy to 

of East Lynne, on the 
! time, has recovered suf- 
B duty. 

KX)nd "PF" Bridgeport, has 
ifter several days' absence 
:ness in the family. 
r. Eustic, who was called 
) months ago, has recently 
' act of President Wilson, 
»n was denied by the Local 
I has not returned to duty. 
:er, of Ararat, Pa., has re- 
' spending a pleasant visit 
Bro. Walker, second "BS." 
IT. B. Shalkop, DIv. Cor. 

R. I., Div. No. 35. 

e old saying, it is darkest 
en the days lengthen the 
and when the fighting is 
at much nearer, and again, 
gets lowest that the powers 
ily rush coal to our relief, 
or less, in signs and most 
n have learned to believe 
se mentioned, but many 

the coldest wave for more 
ising, we are believing the 
those just before it turns 
nanner, the prospects for 
V schedule look the dark- 
sidered, but we have a par- 
committee at work and 
troduce the cloud with the 
will then be time enough 

for us to discard our optimism and casl 
aside our belief in signs and old sayings. 

Our ease merits immediate attention and 
adjustment. I do not believe the govern- 
ment expects us, the poorest paid employeai 
of the most important arm in the railroad 
service, to do all tliat is expected of us on 
short rations and inadequate supplies. The 
brightest and most intelligent workmen to- 
day are the telegraphers. No class of labor 
is needed to win the great war more than 
they and their Just dues should come to 
them voluntarily. They are fully as loyal 
as any branch of labor and always trust- 

At a time like the present, when efficiency 
is the upper question in the handling of the 
railroads^ we can assure the government 
that the beet trained and experienced men 
are to be found in our grand organization, 
whose members are and always have been 
most competent and trustworthy. They have 
been schooled for many years in the practical 
work of railroading from every angle and 
should be placed whefe they can render the 
experimental knowledge essential under the 
needs of the hour. 

Saturday night, January 19th, will not be 
soon forgotten by those who braved the se- 
vere cold and participated in the stirring 
activities of our regular session. The at- 
tendance was good considering the weather 
and crippled transportation facilities. 

The proposition, laid over from our Decem- 
ber meeting, relative to the establishing of a 
System Division to supersede our present 
Local Division plan, was pretty well threshed 
out from both angles and at times the 
debate waxed warm. A majority, however, 
were not favorably impressed with making 
the change as Division 85 and the other 
divisions on the New Haven R. R. had pros- 
pered under the local division method of 
doing our work. It was thought that there 
was no apparent cause for changing to a 
new and untried plan at this time. Some 
claimed we were behind the age and not 
getting the best results possible under our 
present system, but as we know of no other 
divisions doing any better work anywhere 
by the system division plan than is being 
done by the local divisions on the New Haven 
Railroad, the advantages of becoming a part 
of a system division did not seem to be 
proven. The large membership of Divisions 
36, 89 and 29 and the result of our present 
method of doing things seem to Justify a 
continuance of the same until we learn of a 
better plan and make application for its 
adoption. There are those who believe if 
an attempt is made to force a change upon 
us that it will have a bad effect upon our 
membership and their present interests. 

If, under our present plan of local divi- 
sion work, we have not accomplished more, 
the fault lies with the failure of the mem- 

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bership to do their part and not because 
-we have local divisions. 

A motion to reject the proposed change 
•was carried by the members present. 

There are practically no changes on our 
lines to report in working conditions. Every- 
body is more than busy. We regret to an- 
nounce the death of the father of Local 
Chairman Bro. Joslin, the father of Secre- 
tary-treasurer Bro. Callis, the wife of Bro. 
McCormick. secretary-treasurer Division 29, 
and the wife of Bro. MacDermott, secretary- 
treasurer, Division 89. We tender our sin- 
cere sympathy to the bereaved families. 

Dnr. CoR. 

New Rochelle, N. Y., Div. No. 37. 

Regular' meeting held Friday evening, 
January 11th, was well attended. The sub- 
ject of a system division was discussed and 
we went on record as opposed to the change. 

The remarks of General Chairman Ross 
were well received. Local Chairman Tiger 
was unable to attend, being on the sick list. 

Mr. Haslln was present and paid in $76.00 
collected for ads in our year book. There 
Is more money to be collected and the con- 
tract has been renewed for another year. 
With Mr. Haslln many new members are 
coming In. 

The following brothers were nominated to 
succeed themselves for the ensuing year: 
Geo. Woods, chief telegrapher, and B. K S. 
Seaman, secretary-treasurer; L. R Tiffany 
for first and John Simmons, second vice- 
chief, and Bro. J. Hannon for trustee, were 
the nominees for those offices. Bro. Tiffany 
tried to decline, but was prevailed upon by 
Bros. Seaman and Shields to accept The 
result of the election on Friday evening, Feb- 
ruary 8th, will appear in next month's 

The train dispatchers at Harlem River 
Terminal are now members of this division 
and we welcome them to our ranks. It 
might be well for the few nons left to note 
this and remember that our motto Is still : 
"No card, no favors." 

It is now Bro. J. E. Gilroy's first trick 
Cabin "B." We hope "Joe" will keep after 
the second trick man there and get him in 

The train dispatchers recently received a 
little over a ten per cent increase and our 
committee Is now In session on our schedule. 

Freight trains are now running over the 
Hell-Gate Bridge, and all four tracks in 
service. Cabins "A" and "B" on the freight 
tracks and Cabin 2 on the passenger side 
keeps the men at S. S. 3 Bungay St. on the 
jump looking after this added service and 
keeping trains moving. 

Bro. E. T. McGuire, operator at Harrison, 
who has been sick for a long time, is im- 
proving, likewise Bro. Clooney. This Is good 
news to their many friends. 

Understand Bro. Ferguson, second trick 
leverman S. S. 22, has resigned to take 
service as brakeman. Sorry to lose such a 
good brother and wish him the best of luck 
for the future. 

Bro. Maroney is now on the switchboard 
at New Rochelle yard S. S. 28. 

Bro. French, third S. S. 28, was relieved 
several nights on account of sickness by 
Bro. Haniquet, who also relieved Bro. 
Schwenk, second S. S. 8. "Bill" gave the 
automobile show the "once over" and re- 
turned with an armful of advertising matter 
and minus a day's pay. 

Bro. Brophy, who relieved Bro. McDonald 
on third S. S. 26 "Rye" a few nights, is 
on the sick list, also relieved Bro. Carrigan, 
second S. S. 26, several days on account of 
Mrs. Carrigan's Illness. 

Bro. Wooley relieved Bro. Maize several 
days on second trick S. S. 12, the latter 
bidding in third S. S. 2 on the "Bridge" with 
Bro. lijmch on first and Bro. H. S. Gilbert 
on second. Bro. Northrop, who went to sec- 
ond S. S. 23 several days later, bid in third 
cabin B, and Bro. Fennelll first cabin A. 

Bro. Gllroy posted several days at S. S. 
3. before going to first cabin B. 

Bro. Nugent from Port Chester is now 
clerk in "Hy," Harlem River. 

William Sulllvai;!, brother of Bro. C. J. 
Sullivan, who died at Poughkeepsie, N. Y., 
on December 24, was laid to rest at his 
former home, MUlerton, N. Y., on December 
26. The funeral was attended by many of 
his railroad friends. He was a telegrapher 
of many years' experience, and his loss will 
be keenly felt by all. 

Bro. D. A. McDonald relieved Bro. Christ- 
man several nights on third. S. S. 22. 

Bro. Henry A. Flagg suffered a shock sev- 
eral months ago and has since been unable 
to work. The members of Division 87 and 
friends therefore took up a contribution for 
him amounting to nearly $100. Bro. and 
Mrs. Flagg are very grateful for this gen- 
erosity In their behalf and take this means 
of thanking all who so kindly assisted them 
in their time of need. We sincerely hope 
Bro. Flagg will Improve rapidly and soon 
be able to resume duty. 

Pay your dues, brothers; keep In good 
standing and attend the meetings. Also see 
that the man working with you has a card. 

"N. C." 


Whereas, It has pleased the AU-wlse 
Ruler of the Universe to take away the dear 
brother of our brother, C. J. Sullivan; there- 
fore, in our fraternal sympathy, be it 

Resolved, That the members of New Ro- 
chelle Division 37 extend to the sorrowing 
brother and members of his family our 
deepest sympathy in their sad bereavement, 
and, be it further 

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d division cor- 
:o make a spe- 
aembers posted 
3in^ on in gen- 
ii have to have 
lembers out on 
'ite to and per- 
B of interest to 
r how trifling 
le assistance of 
and sisters on 
monthly review 
i good old L. I. 

Ling was called 
Bro. C. V. Van 
present except 
lief, Bro. E. L. 
)ut 60 members 
ilr showing, but 
icant seats. It 
lat Vice Presi- ' 
1th us or more 
him honor. He 
manner a gen- 
sn accomplished 
other good ad- 
commlttees, at- 
and above all 

8, brothers; we 
you ofC In ad- 
r surprises you 
Remember the 
)nth; you surely 

Bi review of the 

mdled thus far 

us the officials 

concessions and 

e slgrnal depart- 

t to the station 

were unsatls- 

vho notified the 

ot be accepted. 

our committee 

possibly can to 

id give the com- 

r possible, as a 

>on us all. The 

e taken charge 

le Issue Is now 

I must do what 

is right. Remember, "United we stand, 
divided we fall." 

We are proud to say our membership is 
steadily increasing^, four new onee were ad- 
mitted at our January meeting, which is a 
nice start for the New Year. 

Brothers and sisters, Individual effort is 
what Is going to count this present year. 
Let every member heed the slogan, "Every 
member get a member.*' Get after your 
undesirable neighlMjrs, "the none," and don't 
give them any rest until you have convinced 
them that they have their orders mixed and 
are running against traffic, and the sooner 
they get Into the clear the better for all con- 
cerned. By so doing and paying your own 
dues promptly you will have contributed 
your share of the work toward bringing 
about our whole hearts' ambition of a 26 
working day month and a pleasing Increase 
for us all. 

Local Chairman Trultt is canvassing his 
territory thoroughly and is getting good re- 
sults. The right man in the right place; 
more power to him. We were glad to wel- 
come Bros. Sawyer and Atkinson at our last 
meeting. Come again, brothers, and bring 
.some one along with you. 

Bro. La Rue at Camp Upton has been 
promoted to Corporal. We all hope to see 
George return home with a silver bar on his 

Bro. Anderson has enlisted in the ordnance 
department. We will all miss that broad 
smile of Bill's and that familiar O. K. A. O. 
Bro. J. W. Bodly, agent at Wanta«h, and 
Bro. E. W. Prlt«, flrst Preeport, have en- 
listed in the Naval Reserve as radio elec- 

Bro. Morganwick is back after having 
been pronounced physically unfit at Camp 
Upton, but he looks good enough to us. 

Bros. H. E. Place and M. J. Pape doubled 
at "FK" a few days owing to Bro. Car- 
lough's illness. Don't look as if the market 
was overflowing with operators. . 

Bro. H. E. Place, after serving the com- 
pany meritoriously for over six years on 
second *'FK" has been awarded first there. 
"Hank" says Floral Park 'Hooks different" 
by daylight and that his hands will soon be 
as soft as a lady's. Bro. M. J. Pape on 
second "FK" pending bids said he had a 
chance to get away from there, but asked 
to be put back, as he did not want to be 
called a "slacker." 

Bro. E. Abrams, second "YD," on arrival 
home found that the stork had left him a 
bouncing boy. "Ned" says the more the 
merrier as long as the Increases in pay 
come in proportion. 

Bro. A. Leonard, while off sick, was re- 
lieved by C. A. Partrlck. "Talk business to 
Charlie, Andy." 

Bro. Thos. Qafney has bid In third "PD." 
In a few weeks he will get his new trucking 

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th« recently promoted from "DC" does the bon- 
we ors on the second side of *'PO" with "VS." 
^ry, Bro. Mason has returned from a visit 

«ry through Upper Maryland. 

Bro. Pitcher now uses a bug with both 

on hands. It will be no surprise to learn later 

h&t he is using a mill with his toes. 

*' Bro. C. Li. Walker has been working the 

2* third trick so long that he had to set 

glasses when he was moved up on first, for 

a week or so. 

Bros. Coe and Kincheloe are still at 
"CH" temporary ofllce, handling troop trains. 
Bro. E. li. Price of "DC/* was off three 
lich ^^y^ trying to dope out his ''Questionnaire." 
; in Messenger girls "fine biz." Miss Pyles 

>rld doing th6 honors as floor "girl" on first trick, 
jest and Miss Mildred Blum on second. Sus- 
:ing gost we buy 'em a pair skates, then we will 
rid, be up-to-date. 

the Yours truly has said good-bye to second 

■v^d trick, being slated for a daylight Job, com- 
)irit mencing January 19th. Gosh, hardly know 
®^^ how to act after 12 years of the "owl stuff.*' 
Several new wires were cut through re- 
cently, adding to the business of the office. 
We are now in direct oonununication with 
Commission on Car Service, also The Sea- 
board Air Line relay office of Norfolk. Un- 
derstand quite a few more are to be cut 

Two new tricks were inaugurated, one 

jjj ten a, m. to sii^, won by myself; another 

g^^e. s*x P- ™- to two a. m., by Bro. M. R Price. 

the l^^o ^®w tricks were also put on in "DC" 

ug office, both covered by new men. 

rds. No notes received from "DC," "K** or "C" 

Towers, but they are all working hard, 
rork Keep yourselves in good standing, broth - 

ates era. Remember, "H" office is solid now, and 
'H,*' there are only three in the towers that 
' on don't carry the Old Reliable. The boys in 
re- "DC" must see that the new men have cards, 
ana if they haven't, see that they get them. 
EiBR, "DC" has been feolld for months, and we 

li>- don't want this good record smashed. 
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N. Y., N. H. d H. R. ie.— 

r a Whereas, God, In His Infinite wisdom, has 
and called to her reward the wife of our Sec- 
visit retary and Treasurer, Bro. J. H. McDermott; 

l^ig therefore be it 
visit Resolved, That we, the members of Div. 
reg- 89, Order of Railroad Telegraphers, extend 
Ight, to Bro. McDermott our heartfelt sympathy 
•• to in this hour of bereavement; and be it fur- 
keys ther 

find Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions 

rain, be sent to the bereaved brot^^A copy tpread 

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Upon the iDinutes of our division, and a copy 
aent to Thb Teueoraphbr for publication. 
D. P. Dbummokd, 
H. J. Bardol. 
W. L. Bnos, 


I desire to express my sincere thanks to 
the membership in general for the many 
kind tokens of sympathy tendered to my 
family and myself during our recent be- 

John H. McDbrmott. 

Addison, N. Y., Div. No. 108. 

Buffalo 9t Susquehanna B. R. — 

In the last three or four years I have 
appointed a dozen correspondents, and we 
have not had a write-up in all that time. 
While we are not dead, we are awfully in- 

I wish every brother, working near a 
non. would keep after him until he is 
brought into our ranks. Don't lay back ex- 
pecting some other brother to do this work 
for you. 

Brothers, our conditions must be remedied. 
Your committee must receive your undivided 
support. It can only do as much as you 
back it up by your labor to accomplish, in 
making this division solid, which can be 
done if we will all do our mite. 

I have the matter up with Bro. Perham 
for the printing our new schedules, secured 
last October. Let's see that all live up to 
those rules, especially regarding overtime. 
They were not all I expected, but the 
$15.00 increase per position helps out con- 
siderably, luid we will try to improve the 
rules next time. 

A copy of the new schedule will be for- 
warded to all the brothers in good stand- 
ing, and to each new member as soon as 
he Joins. Explain this to all nons you come 
in contact with. We are too lax in fra- 
ternizing with the ones not belonging. We 
must make our motto, "No cards, no favors" 
stronger, and all live up to it 

Business is booming now; second and 
third tricks were recently put on at Whar- 
ton and Tyler to handle the Erie coal. 

I do not know what is going on north 
end, and wish that some of you brothers 
would send me some notes the tenth each 
month. I will endeavor then to send in a 
monthly write up. 

Let's all get after the nons; they are 
what is worrying me, and the old brothers 
who have been drafted. Ask your chair- 

man for application blanks and get after 
the drones. t 

If you expect more money you will have 
to keep paid up. 

Yours fraternally, 

R E. Haskins, 

G^eneral Chairman. 

Grand Trunk Ry., Div. No. 1. 

Ottawa Division (G. T. R. No. 1) — 
Dear Sirs and Brothers: 

The undersigned desires to acknowledge 
receipt of a beautiful gift, a smoking-den 
HOt, composed of a library table and two 
large leather upholstered chairs on Xmas 
day, from the Ottawa Division telegraphers. 

Needless to inform you that the above, 
and the expressions of affection accompany- 
ing same, were an agreeable surprise to mo 
inasmuch as the success attained by the 
membership of this division is not attributa- 
ble to my Individual eftorts. but to the loyal 
support rendered by each of you at all times. 

My connection with the membership has 
been most pleasant, and I have enjoyed 
every moment occupied in any endeavor to 
a betterment of working conditions for the 
telegraphers, more so from the fact that I 
had the loyal support of the banner divi- 
sion on the Grand Trunk — a division with a 
record probably equaled, but not yet sur- 
passed — "The Ottawa Division" — with a 99 
per cent membership. 

I desire to express my appreciation or 
your gift, and assure you that I shall long 
cherish it and regard it as a mark of loyalty 
and affection on the part of my fellow 
telegraphers towards whom I am so greatly 

Trusting that the present year will be 
for yourself and family, one of health, 
prosperity and happiness,! am. 
Fraternally yours, 

F. A. Parbnt^ 

Local Chairman. 

Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth Districts — 

The G. T. was lucky, having no trains 
caught out in the recent blizzard. 

New members during December: Jewell 
and Lutes, Cassopolis ; J. Qoinn, Elsdon ; 
Seeley. Emmettt ; Oakes, Lansing ; Marshall, 
Potterville; Bttlnger, Montrose; Mead, Bat- 
tle Creek, and Mitchell, Blue Island. 

Bro. D. R. Hogue, L. C, who bid in re- 
lief agent, with headquarters at Flint, in- 
tends to have several meetings on the east 
end soon, and the members there should gret 
out and make it a success. They have con- 
siderable better train service than we have 
and can easily get anywhere and back. 

Bro. Draves, operator StiUwell, on sick 
leave several days, visited his brother in 

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were put there to be enforced and we must 
protest in the proper manner If we don't get 
what's coming to us. Anything you do not 
clearly understand take up with your local 
chairman who will be glad to explain fully 
the meaning of each rule, as he was present 
when they were drawn up. 

With this splendid increase in wages and 
the splendid rules obtained it should not be 
necessary to have your officers call your 
attention to the importance of paying your 
dues promptly, so that we will be in a posi- 
tion to again successfully negotiate for you 
when the proper opportunity arrives. We 
secured this splendid schedule without being 
compelled to levy a special £issessment upon 
the members, which is indeed very gratify- 
ing at this time. 

After concluding schedule negotiations at 
St. Paul your local chairman was asked to 
cover the Eastern and part of the Northern 
Divisions and induce some of the hardshells 
to Join, and he feels proud and glad to say 
that he returned home with 23 scalps hang- 
ing to his belt; which puts our division 
about as nearly 100% strong as we can hope 
for, and also shows the appreciation the 
"nons" felt after hearing of the new schedule. 
"7 our local chairman also acted on the audit- 
ing committee at Mankato three days before 
his return home. 

I want to call the attention of the mem- 
bers of the Eastern Division to L. R. Straus- 
berg at Wilson. He waji given a raise in 
salary last March of $5 and another on the 
new schedule which Just went into effect of 
17.50 a month, a nine-hour day, Sunday 
overtime and all the other good things which 
go with the new schedule. He gives the 
order no credit for this, but in return criti- 
cises it and the men connected with it, in- 
sinuating that we are grrafters, that we are 
hurting his working conditions, instead of 
helping them, and that vte are a general 
good for nothing lot all aroimd. 

In all my experience as an organizer, I 
have met every click and clan, but he is 
the worst and cheapest guy I ever came in 
contact with. I implore you, brothers, to 
apply the rule "no card, no favors" to this 
man good and strong without any hesita- 
tion. He gives us nothing in return for 
what we have done for him but abuse. In 
all the territory I covered he was the only 
man that criticises the Order, and what it 
stands for. He is trying to hurt us by 
"knocking" at every opportunity. Show him 
up to the trainmen. 

E. K. Hughes, from the "Soo" line, who 
relieved Local Chairman V. B. Mitchell, 
Itasca first, while on committee and sched- 
ule work, promises to soon be with us. He 
is too good an operator to be outside of the 
Order. Sister Sophia Carlson, who went to 
Itasca to relieve Bro. Mitchell, decided it 

was too much of a graft and was sent to 
Draper nights. You trainmen on the log 
trains, have a heart. 

Bro. D. E. Gormley, after several months* 
leave on accoimt of sickness, has resumed 
on second Superior East EInd, much im- 
proved. We are all glad to see him back 
with us again. 

Assignments : Miss Blanche Anans to 
Hawthorne third, promises to be with us 
soon; Bro. Perry Trego to Minong Agency, 
vice Bro. P. M. Olson to side wire Spooner, 
vice P\ D. Sinclair to Spooner third, vice 
Webster, a new man; Sister Muehlen to 
Cornell days; glad to see her get it. 

Bro. W. C. Sober Barronett, on Christmas 
vacation visiting his parents in Southern 
Wisconsin, was relieved by Edna Cringlea, a 
lady operator Just out of the shop, who 
seems to be making good ; you boys down on 
the south end speak a word to her and ask 
me for papers. 

Bro. Cook Park Falls, after many months 
of "watchful waiting," was finally relieved 
of the burden of lugging the mail over the 
hill, the company having made other ar- 

I hope P. Imsuland, Ashland ; J. C. Howe. 
Grand View, and A. B. Meffert, Wascott. 
will now show their colors and give the men 
who have been paying the freight for years 
the assurance that they appreciate what was 
done for them this time and get in line. 

We all felt sad on December 28 to learn 
of the death of J. M. Siron, New Richmond ; 
he was always an ardent supporter of the 
order until his health failed and he had to 
seek another clime. His heartbroken wife 
and family have the entire sympathy of us 

Our old friend, J. W. O'Shaughnessey, has 
Joined the colors, having been assigned to 
the Engineers Signal Corps, and is now 
getting his first taste of army life in a 
Southern training camp. "Good luck," Bill, 
and hope you will return safely. 

Some of the men have a wrong impression 
in regard to the lady operators. They make 
the very best kind of members and invaria- 
bly are the easiest to grasp the idea of the 
strength of a solid organization. Therefore, 
I hope all the brothers will encourage them 
to Join and help strengthen our ranks. We 
have them with us now and should see that 
they get in line and give us their whole 
support. I know that we can count upon 
them as our very best members. 

" I would be pleased to learn of the where- 
abouts of our worthy local chairman from 
the Nebraska Division since the close of our 
schedule negotiations in St. Paul, aa I am 
wondering if he is still on earth or Just 
naturally dropped in. Cbrt. 8 SO. 

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producing any masterpieces lately, probably 
from tiie fact that the staff suffered a severe 
blow when Joe was promoted to the phone 
room. Joe says the cartoons still appear m 
his imagination, but between wreetllng with 
those "CX" reports and entertaining the 
girls on the line, he has little time for 
putting his thoughts on paper. 

Bro. "HI" Hamel, our long boy, who re- 
ported losing 67 pounds avoirdupois on his 
last trip to Funston, has fully recovered and 
is "raring to go" again. Perhaps there will 
be several of us accompany "Hi" on his 
next trip, but we won't return with him. 
unless the Kaiser puts up the white flag 
before we enter the fort 

Only two men on extra list in this office 
now. Ed Schlicht is the youngest regular 
man, having been assigned on last bulletin. 
He seems heavy enough in at least two dif- 
ferent ways to hold down that end of the 

If the boys along the line will slip me a 
note of the news and changes will be glad 
to include same for publication in next 
issue. Fraternally, Tbd Babr, 

Nebraeka Division, Second Diat. — 

Bro. Guy H. Smith has resigned as local 
chairman and joined the land radio contin- 
gent of the Signal Corps. Bro. H. K. Phil- 
lips, of "U" Omaha, was unanimously elected 
to the vacancy. The general committee 
tendered Bro. Smith a reception at Omaha 
and made presentation of a fitting, appro- 
priate and handsome memento as a token of 
their appreciation of his many years of un- 
stinted, consistent effort in behalf of the 
fraternity. The best wishes of the division 
go with Guy and regret is expressed on 
every side that the rank and file were un- 
able to have emulated the action of general 
committee, owing to the suddenness of his 
departure. He had resigned from the oflSce, 
enlisted and gone to Great Lakes Training 
Station before news of his decision had got- 
ten around. Understand that after a brief 
period at the Great Lakes Station he was 
transferred to Philadelphia. The best 
wishes of the fraternity and community go 
with Bro. Smith. Stoddard and Rumpeltes 
also resigned to enlist in the navy radio 
and Bro. Black, third Gibbon, has resigned 
and gone to his home in the Province of 
Ontario, Canada. 

Bro. Jerry Carney, formerly of "GD" 
Grand Island, on furlough from Mare Island 
Radio School, spent the holidays with home- 
folks at St. Paul .and vicinity. Jerry sure 
looked as if the service agreed with him. 
He reported the boys from this division, 
Ballinger, Dunn^ Coleman, Hargis and oth- 
ers, as being in fine form and progressing 
nicely with "Theory." 

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RetrenchmeiUs are now in order — one 
trick pulled off at Cozad, one operator from 
"GET* and morning report man in "H" dis- 
placing Bro. R. J. Burr and necessitating a 
change of hours on men in "GE," but with 
no displacement since vacancy ensuing from 
Bro. Smith's resignation to enlist in land 
radio had not yet been filled. 

Operator Curtis on Brady Island second 
pending bulletin displacing H. V. Miller, 
extra, who relieved Bro. Neal, extra "GE," 
Grand Island, one night ; then to Loup City 
to relieve Bro. Huber Snyder. Miller prom- 
ises to come across shortly. 

Bro. Kaltenbach is on 30 days' leave. 

Drop your notes to Bro. *'DA" at Grand 
Island, and see that copies of your bids for 
positions are mailed to Local Chairman Bro. 
H. K. Phillips, 438 Keeline bldg.. Omaha, 

Bro. EL H. Brown, extra "GE" Grand 
Island, was called to Topeka by illness or 
his infant son tor whom a speedy and com- 
plete recovery is wished. 

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Western Division — 

This will mark the Western Division's 
first appearance in these columns. I have 
tried to find a correspondent but seems 
about the time I find one he is called to 
war. However, if no one will volunteer for 
this office, I will with some help from vou 
brothers on the West End endeavor to have 
a write-up each month. 

Your local chairman is pretty busy these 
days looking after the many new men com- 
ing into the service. 

The brothers serving with the colors are : 
S, G. Thomhlll, W. N. Thomhill Jr., B. L. 
McGuire, W. D. Wheeler, C. S. Farrah, 8. 
M. Lacy and G. R. McGaw. Remember, 
boys, we should try to keep them in smokes. 
I have the address of some of the brothers 
should any of you desire to communicate 
with them. 

Bro.' Wm. S. Whittaker has been rein- 
stated at Evanston, after several months 
out of the service. We are glad to see ' Bill 

Seems to be lots of street talk over the 
phone on the Seventh these days, several of 
them non-members. Let's clean house. 

Bro. Hambly, first Tipton, was recently 
compelled to give up in the middle of b*s 
trick on account of his eyes failing. Sorrv 
to learn of this. Bro. Hambly has been a 
faithful employee of the company for 35 
years; also a member of the organization 
for years. We earnestly hope that he will 
regain his eyesight and soon resume his old 
trick at Tipton. 

Double track recently opened for service 
between Monell Jet. and Tipton. This 
makes the Seventh district double track all 

the way and further entitles us to be called 
'*l'he Standard Road of the West." 

Several new men on the division holding 
up-to-date cards in other divisions, please 
give me their certificate and division num- 
bers and dates dues paid to, so that I may 
transfer them. 

Bro. C. B. Harshaw, Rawlins, recently 
returned from Tennessee, where he had been 
called to the bedside of a sick sister. We 
&r glad to learn she has improved, and 
that old "Honkshaw" is doing his bit back 
at "RS." 

Some of our brothers, who recently re- 
signed to accept employment with the S. P., 
are coming back. Once this Union Pacific 
gets in your blood, 'tis hard ttf shake it out. 

Recent delay in bulletins are due to a 
mix-up in positions and changes of officials. 
However, this has all been straightened out, 
and the superintendent's office promises to 
get bulletins out on time in the future. 

Bro. R M. Denney, assigned agency Bit- 
ter Creek; Bro. Jno. Ax to agency Granger; 
G. A. Cluff to agency Evanson; H. W. 
Brown to agency Rock Springs, vice R L. 
Sifford, resigned, scabbing on the Katy in 

" Bro. J. E. Anderson has been on vaca- 
tion since the abolition of Red Desert. Also 
Bro. A. H. Benningfleld, first Table Rock, 
relieved by Mrs. Stokes; Bro. H. X Horst- 
man, second Tipton; Bro. W. J. Johnson, 
agent Point of Rocks, relieved by P. C. 
Stokes and J. W. Mclnturff, agent Rawlins, 
relieved by Bro. V. O. Metcalf from Carter. 

It is now Bros. Horstman, Tipton ; Wells, 
Green River; Porter, Evanston, and Ander- 
son, Wamsutter. . Have several promises 
from others, but there are some I have no 
promises from. With a little co-operation 
we should soon have quite a bunch of new 

Mrs. H. L. Davis, wife of Bro, Davis, 
Green River, recently caught three fingers 
of her right hand in an electric wringer and 
came very near losing her hand, but, 
through the efforts of our efficient company 
doctor at Rock Springs this was avoided, 
and we are glad to say she is getting along 

Bro. W. F. Shaver, Green River, recently 
returned from the South, where he had 
accompanied his wife, this altitude not 
agreeing with her. Sorry to learn of thia. 
Hope, however, that nothing serious devel- 
ops, and that Bro. Shaver will not leave us. 

Bro. C. A. McCullum, until three or four 
months ago an operator in "KI," promoted 
to brakeman Seventh district. They say an 
operator makes a good brakeman. How 
about it, "Mack"? 

Some of you brothers mail me some notes 
from the West End, so we will be well rep- 
resented In the next issue. 

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Kansas Division — 

We are pleased to report the following 
new members : C. A. Martin, Ft Riley sec- 
ond ; O. C. Babcock, Ellis, and C. E. Ander- 
son, Lilllls third; V. E. Emerson, Beloit^ 
first, and C. E. Lacer extra. 

Assignments : Agencies — Bro. Wood to 
Yocemnto ; Bro. Cobb to Duluth ; Bro. Wal- 
ter Wilson to West End Relief; Bro. Emer- 
Hon to Beloit; Bro. R, T. Smith succeeded 
by Bro. Emerson on Beloit first, to Minne- 
apolis, vice Bro. Allan to Camp Funston 
agency, vice Bro. E. S. Stephens resigned to 
join the navy; Bro. H. G. Miller to Onaga, 
vice Bro. C. L. Sleeper to Ellis, vice Bro. 
Weed In drafted; Bro. A. L. Brady to De- 
troit, vice Bro. R. B. Smith to Bunker Hill, 
vice Bro. Lacey to Salina "UD," vice Bro. 
Druley to "ON" Kansas City; Bro. H. A. 
Girton to Lawrence third, vice Bro. Schultz 
drafted ; Bro. Cox to Ellis second, vice N. J. 
Ackors to *'QN" Kansas City; Bro. C. L. 
McCollough to Junction City third, vice 
Bro. Moore to second there; Bro. O. L. 
Alspach to Junction City fifth (New) ; Bro. 
M. H. Smith to Plainville second, vice Bro. 
Poole to Wamego third, vice Bro. Ryder to 
first there, vice Bro. J. M. Brown to "GN" 
Kansas City. 

We now have twelve members from this 
Kansas Division somewhere in military 
service;- three have been heard from In 

Bro. W. B. Pierson, Mllford agency, has 
resigned to go on the farm on account of 
ill health. Bro. A. Flrebaugh, Miltonvale 
agency, also resigned and moved to Okla- 

Bro. Lacey of Salina "UD", Interned for 
several weeks with a bad case of measles, 
relieved by Bro. L. G. Peyton, has resumed 
duty again. Bro. DeHart, Salina "UD", and 
Bro. Sander, of Holton, recently underwent 
operations in Kansas City Hospital. Under- 
stand Bro. DeHart enjoyed his stay there, 
but Bro. Sander was there several weeks 
and sui*e had a hard time of it. He is back 
on the L., K. & W. again. 

Business still continues to boom in spite 
of the severe cold weather. No positions 
have been added or closed in the last three 

Our committee Is now 4n session with the 
management in Omaha and we are looking 
for a new and revised schedule, the best of 
any road In this territory. Let's wake up 
and clean up the few remaining non-mem- 
bers and make our division solid. We should 
be 100 per cent perfect by June 30 or even 
in the next month If every member will Just 
do his best and get one non-member to 
join. This, of course, is impossible, for 
there is not enough to go around, but you 
fellows who live next to one will have a 
good chance to show your ability. Just 

start 'at it this way and say to yourself 
that you are not going to have a non on 
either side of you. If you get the men op 
both sides of you solid then you have dene 
your duty. In our next write-up I am go- 
ing to publish the names of those who have 
succeeded in organizing and making their 
territory solid. 

Bro. F. W. Nickel, of Lucas, has started 
the New Year right by securing a member. 
Who will be the next? 

I would like to hear from everyone on 
this division at least once a month if any 
changes are made at your stations or you 
have anything for a write-up. It might not 
.seem of much importance to you but at the 
same time would help. A postal will do, 
mailed to Bro. H. O. Brenner, care Union 
Pacific Telegraph office. Twelfth and Lib- 
erty streets, Kansas City, Mo. I failed to 
receive a word from anyone this time. 

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Colorado Division — 

In the following items I am unable to 
refer to all of the boys mentioned as broth- 
ers, on account of having Just been appoint- 
ed correspondent, and your local chairman 
being in Omaha, I cannot secure the infor- 
mation as to who is who until he returns. 
We trust that no one will feel offended. 

We intend to do our best to help the local 
chairman round up every non on the divi- 
sion. We extend each of them an invita- 
tion to Join and help support Division Six. 
as they are sharing the benefits on an equal 
basis with us. Remember, brothers, we are 
carrying the load for them and y6u should 
give them no rest until they get an up-to- 
date card. Four new members Joined dur- 
ing the first fifteen days this year: Bros. 
Bradford, McAllaster; McCauley, Hugo; 
Murch, Cedarpoint, and Drury, Hill City. We 
welcome them Into our midst. 

Assignments: Agencies — Bro. Gallavin to 
Byers; Bro. Case to River Bend; Bro. Mc- 
Cargo to Merino; first tricks — Bro. Doherty, 
Hugo; C. L. Steed to Deer Trail; Bro. 
Locker to Wakeney; second tricks — Bro. 
Walker to Watklns ; later to second Merino, 
vice Kaley; Bro. Lamborn to Strasburg; 
Bro. Morrison to Cheyenne Wells; Holm- 
berg to Kit Carson; Rogers to Dent; third 
tricks — Bamett to Merino; Bro. I. J. Mar- 
tin to Cheyenne Wells ; Bro. Bradford to 
Deer Trail; Montgomery to Platteville; Bro. 
Bowlin to LaSaile; Bro. O'Brien to Speer, 
vice W. L. Martin, and Bro. "Spaghetti" to 
Ft. Morgan days. Bro. Folks, second Ster- 
ling, relieved a few days by Montgomery 
from Crook ; later to second Platteville. 
Bro. Folks reported a few days, but had to 
return to his bed, relieved by Bro. Bilbo 
from the E. P. A S. W., whom we welcome 
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and dry spot He later relieved Bro. Bow- 
lin at La Salle, where it is rumored Bowlin is 
Hgurias how cheap two can live and proba- 
bly on leave to consult her dad. Rogers 
relieving Agent Svans, later Agent Union on 
short vacation, Bro. Mead being off ten days 
visiting his folks, looking after business in 
Missouri and Oklahoma; also giving his 
brother a good send-off toward Berlin. 
Here's hoping he captures the Kaiser. 
Rogers, who also relieved C. L. Steed at 
Merino agency, when he bid in Deer Trail, 
promises to join shortly and reinforce the 
1918 drive. 

All the operators "Uncle Sam" has ac- 
cepted from this division hold up-to-date 
O. R. T. cards. He 'is noted for his good 

• Bro. Hlx, from •'UD" Denver, spent the 
holidays with his son in Lander, Wyo.. re- 
lieved by A. M. Morgan, a new man. 

The school ma'am at Watklns must have 
had something to do with Walker's anxiety 
about the outcome oT his last bid. 

Bro. Keck is relieving Bro. Coffin at 

Bill Ba.xs it will be a lot easier to round 
up the nons on the division in 1918 than 
the number of engine failures in the past 

Bro. Bailey, Collyer, was quarantined a 
short time on account of the smallpox. 

Bro. Gibbs, Hardin, paid the boys in "UD" 
Denver a visit enroute to San Antonio to 
visit his brother, who will soon be on his 
way "over there". 

When a new man comes into your office 
to work, if he does not present a card when 
he introduces himself, ask him about it, 
if he has none notify the local chairman, 
as they will try to avoid him ; however if 
he is a member help him make himself at 
home; get his division and certificate num- 
ber and have him transferred to Division 
No. 6. 

Bro. Lutz, Atwood, putting the new depot 
through the Third Degree found evenrthing 
In good order. 

Brother Maben, Hugo, has resigned to 
take up a more lucrative position with the 
Continental Oil Co., "MA" leaves us with 
the very best wishes of all who know him 
and we have no doubt as to his success. 
Bra Schroll, after fifteen years as Agent 
at Deer Trail has resigned to accept the 
position of auditor for a lumber company in 
Oregon. We wish him well. 

The service now seems to be suffering 
from the loss of old timers who have en- 
listed and those resigning, and will likely 
continue to do until telegraph positions are 
placed on the saCme renumerative basis as 
those of other enterprises requiring the 
same amount of skill. 

Bro. Whitney, Illff, spent a. sorrowful 
afternoon with the boys at Sterling, there 
was no game in session; Whit still has 
his "BUCK". 

The circular issued by the general com- 
mittee referring us to Order No. 1 of Direc- 
tor General McAdoo is very commendable 
indeed and should be lived up to in every 
respect. A good railroader is the equal 
of a good soldier at the present time in the 
winning of this war. 

Bro. McCauley, Hugo, was relieved a few 
days by Sharon. 

The general committee is now in ses- 
sion with the management revising the 
schedule. The balance of us are patiently 
waiting with the exception of Brother Frost 
who took it upon himself to make an up- 
to-the-minute schedule during his thirty 
minutes for lunch. The bunch sure fell for 
it, too. 

// You Have Not Paid Your Dues, Hurry. 

Bro. Nelson of "U" Omaha Is now with the 
S. P. We regret his loss and aan say to 
the boys of the a P. who meet him they 
do not make them any better than "NS". 
Bill Wood who has taken his place on the 
Denver wire is very capable and congenial, 
but like some of the other non-members, 
never passes up any of the benefits secured 
by the committee; offers excuses and allows 
the members to pay his share of the ex- 
penses, which is very true of at least one 
old timer in Denver. We cannot express 
through these columns our proper opinion 
of the way they do business. 

Cbrt. 689. Div. Cor. 
Wyoming Division — 

Fourth Operator Julesburg taken off, Bro. 
Kaderli going back to third KimbalL Bro. 
F. C. Donnelly relieving Bro. Pyle at Jules- 
burg, while in Omaha on schedule negotia- 
tions. • 

Bro. Greer, In Hot Springs, Ark., for his 
health, advises that he is improving slowly 
but surely and expects to be back shortly. 

Bro. W. E. Berry extra on third district 
several weeks is now with the I. C. at Lula, 
Miss. We are sorry to lose him. 

Several of the brothers have not paid 
the 13.00 special assessment of July, 1917. 
Let's not have any delinquents the next 
term and pay up this assessment at once. 

We are glad to welcome Bro. W. B. Van- 
busklrk recently transferred from (MK&T) 
Div. 22, also Bro. L. H. Olson first North 
Platte Yard with us quite awhile transferred 
from Div. 180 to Div. 6. If any of the 
brothers know of a new man on the road 
find out if he Is a member, what road he 
comes from and to what date his dues are 
paid and notify your local chairman, so 
he can have him transferred to Div. 6. 

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Brothers, get after the nons on this 
Wyoming Division* Let's make a good show- 
ing for the year ahead of us. With the 
co-operation of all the members, I assure 
you that your local chairman will gladly 
do his part in rounding them up. Give the 
non the cold shoulder and he will soon wake 
up to the fact that he is out of place among 
us. Hemember, "no card, no favora.*' 

Assignments: Second Cheyenne Yard, 
Ray Duvall from Second Kimball. Third 
Ogallala, P. W. Whltworth extra Ogallala. 
Agency Granite Canon, J. A. Wilson from 
First Lodge Pole. Third Walcott, M. B. 
Spriggs from Hillsdale extra. A. C. Eakln 
to Granite Canon, relieved as operator at 
Laramie, by M. H DeBerry extra. 

Would like very much for the brothers 
to send in a few notes so we can have 
a nice write-up each month. Send them to 
Bro. F. F. Ward, Egbert, Wyo., or to your 
local chairman and they will do the rest. 

Cbht. 225. 

Canadian Pacific Ry., Div. No. 7. 
Saskatchetoan Diviaionj First District — 

The joint meeting of the Reglna and 
Moosejaw Divisions called by Local Chair- 
men Barry and Cheney, in Moosejaw on 
Sunday, Dec. 9th, was well attended, con- 
sidering the severity of the weather, and the 
inoonvenience caused thereby. 

Up until &iturday the 8th, the weather 
man favored us, and local officers of the 
Canadian Pacific Railway made special ar- 
rangements to permit the brotl^ers to at- 
tend in large numbers, but a blizzard 
sprung up on Saturday morning, mcreaslng 
in violence all day making the outlook 
gloomy. Arrangements were made for din- 
ner at Chivers restaurant, with Mitchell's 
orchestra in attendance, and as the trains 
were all late, the hour had to be set back 
until 14 :30, but If had no bad effect on 
the brothers' appetites as somd had been 
unable to get breakfast before entraining. 

Brother J. M. Mein acted as chairman, 
and as this was the first meeting since our 
late increase, and as many alterations In 
agreements contained In the schedule had 
been made, our general chairman explained 
each In detail, encouraging the brothers to 
be fair with the company, and in return 
for the splendid increase (which was agreed 
to), to give the very best service possible. 
The feeling of the meeting was of the 
best, and no doubt the Canadian Pacific 
Railway Company will suffer no decrease 
In dividends on account of the increase of 
wages awarded the Telegraphers. 

The local chairmen, were grateful for 
the good attendance and enthusisusm shown 
at the meeting. Many of the brothers 
made very great sacrifices In order to at- 
tend, and it is the desire of the officers of 

the Order, that they know we feel per- 
sonally grateful to each brother present. 

Quite a few changes in stations occur 
from time to time, as many of the brothers 
are appearing before exemption tribunals. 
The extremely severe weather is also 
responsible for a few changes. 

Second North Portal, which Bro. Q. M. 
Smith vacated on short notice, is on bul- 
letin, also Corlnne Agency vice Bro. W. A. 
Stewart to second Estevan, Bro. J. A. 
Cusack to Holdfast Agency relieved at 
Horizon by Bro. B. F. Clarke; Bro. A. V. 
Dawdy resumed as agent Verwood, his relief 
Bro. T. P. Sadler, now relieving Bro. J. R. 
Leydon agent Soughton relieving "DISPR" 
Smart Regina on vacation. £. C. Halsey is 
again with us, at Pllit Butte, nighU we 
trust he will soon join the ranks again. 

Bro. W. S. Kirkpatrlck is on vacation re- 
lieved at Rouleau by Bro. Williams, also 
Bro. W. A. Fennell agent Pasqua relieved 
by Bro. Beresford. 

Best wishes of all tlfe members are ex- 
tended to Bro. J. E. Beauchamp who was 
married in Regina recently. We hope that 
this may be an incentive to a number of 
bachelors who are members of the Railroad 
Telegraphers, some of whom are older than 
this brother, and of whom mention has previ- 
ously been made through these columns. 
(Eh, What .- ~x) 

C^RT. 208. 

Saskatchewan Dist, Saskatoon Division — 

Through the medium of Thi Tslboraphxr, 
I wish to thank the brethren of this divi- 
sion for the very generous Christmas gift 
to which all contributed. This Is the sec- 
ond tangible proof I have received of the 
members' good will and appreciation for my 
services. The good fellowship and tmf ail- 
ing support given by the members here 
to their local chairman Inakes his work 
much more agrreeable and are in fact a 
source of inspiration as it is always incites 
one to do one's best when there is a cer- 
tainty that it is being done for friends who 
will understand. Trusting that our relations 
will be marked by the same hearty friendli- 
ness in the future. 

J. T. McOricond, 

Local Chairman. 

Sask. Dist., Saskatoon Division Notes — - 

Bro. Dewar Mark inch recently visited 
his home on account of his father's sick- 

Bro. C. E. Irving of Rochhaven is now 
with the flying corps In Texas. 

Lanigan nights closed, Bro. Douglas going 
to Machlin. 

Bro. J. D. Henderson, who worked on this 
district some years ago, is also located 
there. He has done considerable traveling 

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8toce leaving here and spent a year with 
the Canadian army. 

The meetiner held in Saskatoon Dea 9th 
proved to be a flszle as the chief did not 
allow any one away from one man sta- 
tions on account of the severe cold weather. 

Bro. Mein» general chairman, recently 
spent a day with Bro. McOrmond discussing 
various matters pertaining to the business 
of the Order on thi» division. We hope 
to have him present at our next meeting. 

The members of this division suffered a 
real loss when Bro. A. Fullerton of Cupar 
passed away Jan. 3rd. He was one of our 
best members. Every member on this divi- 
sion will miss the pleasant face of Archie. 
His body was taken to New Brunswick 
for Interment. 

Bro. Rudkin of Abemathy has trans- 
ferred to "BC". We trust he will have bet- 
ter health on the Pacific Coast 

A great many of the members have not 
sent in their first month's increase. It is 
absolutely necessary that it be sent to Bro. 
Wilton at once. There is no reason why 
this should not be done as the new schedule 
has placed us in a position with the best 
roada of the country, and our- treasury is 
in need of this money due to the heavy 
expense of the schedule committee. Re- 
member also if your dues are not paid be- 
fore Feb. 28th you are delinquent, making 
it necessary to sign a form in the "MBD" 
department canceling your policy in case 
of military service at any future date. 
Avoid this by getting up to date at once. 

It is expected that the new seniority list 
will be out sometime this month and every 
member will receive a copy. Any errors 
should be rei>orted at once to Local Chair- 
man McOrmond. 

Supt. Inunehay spent the Christmas holi- 
days in the States relieved by Trainmaster 
Wm. Ansley of Reglna. 

The Christmas gift given Local Chairman 
McOrmond amounted to 1 225.00 in cash. 

The weather has. been very severe, par- 
ticularly during December, when the ther- 
mometer hovered around 50 below quite 
often, but trains continued to make good 
time over the district. 

Ckrt. 1919. 

Manitoba Division, Second District — 

"SiDNBT, Man.^ November 17, 1917. 
*^y, G. Fraszr^ Esq., Local Chairman, 
"Neepawa, Man. : 
"Dear Sir and Bro. — ^We wish to thank 
you, also the committee and the boys for 
the many kindnesses received during my 
serious sickness. The following handsome 
donations having been received, $100.00, 
150.00, $45.00, $50.00, $60.00, $35.00, mak- 
tng a grand total of $340.00. 

"It is impossible at the present time for 
mo to find words suitable to acknowledge 
the receipt of such generous donations which 
have been subscribed from time to time, 
especially at a time when my life lay in 
the balance. 

'*We also wish to thank one and all for 
the many kind enquiries as t6 my condi- 
tion when lying at death's door and not 
forgetting the repeated personal visits of 
the train dispatchers during tlie many 
months 1 was |n the hospital and hope, Ood 
willing, to renew their acquaintance again 
at some future date. 

"Tours fraternally, 

"Operator S. Walker^ 

"Operator Cert. 1030, and wife." 

British Columbia, First District— 

Bro. Callaghan agent Taft spent several 
weeks' vacation at the coast relieved by 
Bro. a. C6bb. 

Dispr. and H. L. Ruark after a long 
spell battling the elements with the "Third 
Mountain" bid in "Third Shuswap" suc- 
ceeded by Bro. G. M. Ross, and then went 
on vacation relieved by Bro. Paul Storey 
relieving dispatcher succeeded by Bro. S. 
Stewart at Taft nights vice Percy Hop- 
son there pending bulletin. 

SIcamous days abolished, Bro. Barney 
Kellogg going to Ross Peak nights on bid. 

Outfit cars, known as a portable station, 
have been set out at Clanwllliam and both 
day and night positions will probably be 
established there. 

Bro. * J. J. Shaw from North Bend goes 
to Chase agency vice Relieving Agent Bro. 
E. P. Little. 

Bro. Robitallle agent Salmon Arm on 
holidays was relieved by Bro. A. B. Currie. 
Bro. W. Morrison nights there is back from 
vacation at coast, position being closed dur- 
ing his absence. 

A. LooAN^ Cert. 2835. 

Winchester and Chalk River Subdivisions — 

Mr. J. L. Abell^as been appointed night 
chief at Smiths Palls. 

On sick list: Bro. T. P. Eagen, Cobden, 
relieved by Bro. W. H. Pierce; Bro. W. P. 
Ritchie, Renfrew, relieved Bro. T. W. Boyes 
agent Stlttvllle, relieved by Bro. Lome 
Wilson; Bro. J. T. Parrell »"SP" a few 
nights relieved by Bro P. Lalonde. 

Off a few days recently : Bro. M. Rickerd 
"MP" Smiths Palls, relieved by Bro. W. T. 
Lyons, and Bro. L. B. Smith. Carleton Place 
nights, relle\'ed by Bro. W. H. Pierce. 

Bro. V. A. St Denis has enlisted, relieved 
by Bro. R. J. Gibbons at Renfrew nights. 
Trending bids. Bro. G. Giroux, to Dalhousie 
Mills nights, and Bro. W. J. Culhane to 
Monkland nights temporary. Later relieved 
Bro. D. P. Hagan, Pembroke nights on 

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The Bailroad Tel 

rey a new member, 

who relieved Bro. 

^a asrency, on hoU- 

McLellan, lineman, 
)i(tend him the glad 
help you can. 

patcher Smiths Falls, 
succeeded by J. W. 
» to say "Bro. Grey" 
»d him in our busi- 
w man the best pos- 
b attention to calls. 
Bro. D. Campbell's 
trie Chambers, Wln- 

9 company's ruling 
I service who enlist: 
within the classlfl- 
ft and have volun- 
vice are entitled to 
Miy allowance. And 
ese men are shown 
y are in my opinion 
r seniority rights." 


Is No. 345089 with 
t present, and Bro. 
with flying corps at 
1 Renfrew, have en- 
5m a speedy return 

stant agents whose 
incorporated In our 
). R- T." While In- 
}s only amounted to 
on this division, it 
i^ht direction and if 
organization and at- 
mmitteemen will be 
put up a fight for 
et the increases for 
T for the men con- 
since in right direc- 
►f the Order of Rail- 
mean much more 
ears. Those who re- 
1 "O. R. T." are asked 
th's increase to Bro. 
Ont., making money 
'al Bank of Canada, 
on papers have been 
itant agents, but If 
ve6 them, nor so far 
will drop me a line 
d them to him. Just 
us, a seniority list 
ach one will know 
what he is entitled 
rights, to file into, 
leant must be adver- 

' your local chairman 
vacant position any 

brotiivi AiAvvtuie VI. %jun uvK UAJLwr\tmoa, kwu- 

ly drop me a line. 

The assistant agents have been tning 
for years through various organisations on 
the Canadian Pacific to get organised* now 
Is their opportunity to. Brothers, let us 
see that they do it I cannot with the 
limited time at my disposal make a per- 
sonal canvass and I take this means of 
reaching them and asking our telegraphers 
after reading their copy of Ths Tbliora- 
PHBR to forward it to some assistant agent 
they personally know with a welcome note 
to come in with us. 

A very few assistant agents have not as 
yet remitted their first month's increase ob- 
tained for them by the "O. R. T." If they 
expect any further consideration from us 
they must certainly do the same as our 
other meml)ers have done— pay up their 
first month's increase and join us, so that 
in the near future, we will be able to ob- 
tain better wages and better working con- 
ditions for them. 

Some of you boys along the line send me 
a few news items so that we may be able 
to have a fair write-up each month. Work- 
ing nights as I do, little if any news conies 
my way. 

A great number of the members have 
paid both 1916 and 1917 increases but 
others have failed to do so; now, brothers, 
that 1916 assessment was a compulsory 
one and the men must pay It or stand 
practically suspended. 

D. B. Oartok. 

Quebec Diatrictj Fctmham Division — 

We had no write-up in the January 
Telegrapher for the simple reason that 
not one single note was sent me. Since busi- 
ness has picked up I have not as much time 
as formerly to gather news. Take this 
gentle hint, boys, and send along so^e notes. 
One brother from the l^ast End too modest 
to send me his name has started the ball 
rolling by sending me the following notes 
for which I thank him and hope he will 
keep up the good work. The last of the 
winter ofHces, Bulwer days. Is now filled 
by H. Abram who previously relieved Clou- 
tier "CH" nights, hunting squirrels and rab- 
bits at LAPatrie woods, who brought back 
one of the farmer's daughters as his wife. 
We hoi)e she will compel him to Join and pro- 
tect her through the O. R. T. Hebert, Bul- 
wer nights, will soon be with us. 

Brother M'arsereau (lineman) is kept busy 
on Sundays patrolling the line looking for 
dead birds, causing trouble on the wires. 

Some one near Glen River, line up Dawson 
nights there; also Ouertln days, and 
Ducharsne nights, at Johnvllle. 

Some one wishing to do a kindly act send 
a lantern and a red globe to match to the 

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night man at "GN/' He wore out half a 
dosen red handkerchiefs trying to make an 
old lantern look red. A kind trainman hav- 
ing relieved him of the only decent lantern 
in the station. 

Bro. Paradis, Racey days, takes an occa- 
sional trip to Sherbrooke, where he has a 
season ticket at the skating rink there. 

We are glad to see Bro. Lapalme at Len- 
nozville days. 

Bro. O. Ouertin, "WF" nights, now hangs 
the office keys around his neck so he won't 
have to break the door open when failing to 
keep them in his pocket. 

We are sorry Bro. Serreault was unable 
to get away to spend fjew Year's with his 
wife. Bro. Corbiere also missed getting 
away at that time. 

Bro. Messier Is on the sick list. We hope 
for his prompt recovery. 

The big rush is now on, boys. Stick close 
and help the dispatchers all you ccm. We 
could not wish for a better bunch and every- 
one is a brother in good standing. 

They have all they can attend to dispatch- 
ing trains these busy days. 

Keep after the ''nons" on this district 
especially those in the winter offices on the 
east end. Most of them got enough back 
pay in our recent schedule to enable them 
to join the Order, and we should see that 
. they do so. In the meantime "No card, no 
faaora'* applies. 

I regret to announce the resignation of 
Bro. J. A. Bertrand as local chairman of 
Famham Division. Bros. Q. A. Coombs, 
6. P. Swan and J. EX Levesque have been 
nominated as candidates for that office. 
Ballots were sent out to all the members 
to be voted, returned and counted at the 
meeting, Saturday night, January 26th. in 
Ftmham; followed with supper, speeches, 
etc, the delalls of which will appear in next 
month's write-up! ^ Cert. 8640. 

New York Central R. R., DIv. No. 8. 

Budaon Diviiion — 

We are in receipt of a letter from our 
Honorable President Bro. Perham in which 
he says: "We are Just closing the most 
momentous year that our organisation has 
ever passed. More than double the progress 
has been attained than in any other like 
period," but he warns us that we are con- 
fh)nted with a new condition, the results 
of which cannot be told at this time, and 
he urges the officers and members to let 
the one and paramount issue be the absolute 
and thorough organisation of our craft; so 
that the closing of the year 1918 may see us 
enjoying the fruits of one hundred per cent 

We sincerely hope that the brothers on 
the Hudson -Division will do their part to 
bring this about 

Our sub-committee has oome to the point 
where the management has agreed to sub- 
mit our controversy regarding a new wage 
schedule to Federal n»ediation, and a tele- 
gram signed by General Manager and Vice- 
President Pierson was sent requesting the 
services of the board of mediation and con- 
ciliation which was cmswered by the ap- 
pearance of Commissioner Cham.bers in New 
York, meeting the General Manager and our 
Vfce- President, making arrangements to 
start the mediation proceedings on February 
14th, the first and earliest date Mr. Cham- 
bers could give us, on account of ^the great 
business his department is now confronted 

The membership has been very patient 
since August 1st when the proposed new 
schedule was submitted and we hope their 
patience will be rewarded by receiving back 
pay from that date. 

We are very sorry to hear of the death 
of the mother of Bro. J. J. Mooney, first 
"SS" 41. 

On the sick list: Brother W. F. Lockard. 
1st **SS" 52. a few days, relieved by Bro. 
Bumps ter; Bro. L. L. Williams on leave on 
account of his health, and Bro. D. J. Burns, 
*'SS" 59, on a trip to New York to see Dr. 
Powers, recently. 

Bro. O. Im Pitts, bid in assistant agent, 
Castleton, his home town, and Bro. Li. Wil- 
bur has resigned to take a position with a 
contractor in New York. We wish him suc- 
cess. This leaves assistant agent Hyde Park 
and ticket clerk "Pokeepsee" station, resi>ec- 
tively, up for bids. 

Congratulations to Bro. Sweeney, agent 
Stockport, on the arrival of a young daugh- 

The extra men on this division are now 
all putting in full time and those that have 
not an up to date card should get in line 
f^t once and do their bit toward helping to 
get the new schedule. 

Recently an ex-brother wrote the general 
chairman that the reason he did not pay 
his dues for the past term was that the 
local chairman did not force the superin- 
tendent five years ago to give him a position 
that he was not qualified for. Your chair- 
man has tried for the past five years that he 
has held that office to see that each mem- 
ber has received everything he was entitled 
to by the seniority rule; but he cannot In 
Justice to the Order and the membership 
insist upon the appointment of a man to a 
position that he is entirely imfitted to fill. We 
are sorry to lose the member, and also very 
sorry to know that after five years he has 
decided to be classed with the few nons and 
have no one to look after their interests; or 
take no part in the great work of bettering 
the conditions of the craft that he has 
chosen to associate with to make a living. 

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One day recently a certain non on^ this 
line refused to pass the word along over the 
local phone to a member on the other side 
of him for the local chairman. It waa 
purely railroad business pertaining to the 
bulleting of a position. This same man is 
every day asking, favors of the members on 
each side of him. A little of the good old 
O. R. T. prescription of : "No card, no favort" 
applied at the proper time, would perhaps 
do this fellow a world of good. 

Brothers, send in your dues promptly and 
see that the fellow next to you doe« the 

Several of the brothers have made no re- 
port on the tickets for the Thanksgiving 
basket. Please attend to this so the chair- 
man of the committee, Bro. G. H. Myers, 
can make his report in full. Cert. 149. 

Electric Division — 

Patience is a virtue. And virtue has its 
reward, hence our reward ought to be great! 
However, there is a' question as to the literal 
meaning of the word virtue in this case; for 
it is a well known fact that for the past 
year we have been on the losing side of a 
reasonable existence. And you cannot twist 
this condition IntQ any other form than tliat 
in this important branch of skilled labor or 
profession which it takes years to attain 
a degree of proficiency in, the compensation 
is not commensurate with the service.** ren- 
dered. In this respect the freedom from 
casualty of that system speaks volumes for 
our efficiency. 

The regular day meeting held January 9th 
was well attended and of unusual interest 

A summary of the past year's work of the 
benefit association was read. Commencing 
January 1, 1917. the expenses exceeded the 
expense of 1916 two hundred and twenty-one 
dollars, but for the same period the receipts 
were eighty-six dollars nM>re than that of 

We wish to thank everj- member of the as- 
sociation for their efforts that have brought 
about the success that makes it possible to 
keep this department of our organization in a 
healthy working condition. It is worthy of 
mention that Bro.' Frank Lester by the sale 
of tickets contributed, to this fund $75.00. 

Bro. Max. Hirshfield has enlisted in the 
navy and is located in some Atlantic port 
in training. Our best wishes are with him 
and hopes for his safe return. 

We would be pleased to get notes from 
brothers on the Harlem side. 

C. E. H. Cert 1097. 

Whkrkas, Our Heavenly Father has 
deemed It best to call to her Heavenly Home 
and reward, the mother of our worthy Bro. 
J. J. Mooney, and 

Whbrbas, We the members of the Order 
of R. R. Telegraphers bow In humble sub- 
mission to the win of Him who doeth all 
things for the best; be It therefore 

Resolved, That we extend to Bro. Mooney 
our sincere, fraternal and heartfelt sympathy 
in this his very sad bereavement; and be it 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions 
be forwarded to Bro. Mooney, a copy spread 
upon the minutes of this Order, and a copy 
sent to Thk Telboraphbr for publication. 
F. P. Fralbioh^ 
J. T. Bellow, 
♦ F. Kraft, 


JIarlem Division — 

Bro. William H. Gardner, who died re- 
cently at Purdys, aged 63, had been In poor 
hecLlth for a year, but attended to his sta- 
tion duties there until two weeks preceding 
his demise when he suffered a stroke of 
paralysis, developing into cerebral hemor- 
rhage which baffled the best of his medical 

He entered the service of the New York 
Central at Bedford HfUs when fourteen years 
old under his father the agent there, re- 
maining under his brother who succeeded 
the father In the same capacity. 

On March 19, 1875, he went to Purdys as 
assistant agent to his uncle, Capt Q. W. 
Gardner, whom he succeeded as agent upon 
the latter's retirement In November, 1SS3. 
He waa very proud of his insignia of service 
of nine stripes on his coat sleeve, and ^ in 
another year would have completed the half 
century span entitling him to one more. 

Bro. Gardner, who carried no insurance in 
the Order, is survived by his wife, a sister, 
Sara D. Bailey of Brooklyn; a brother George 
W. Gardner of Bedford 'Hills; a son. W. 
Garfield Gardner of Salem Center and . his 
two sons, Edward F. and W. DeWltt. 

The Katonah, N. T., Record devotes a col- 
umn obituary to Bro. Gardner, in which he 
is described as one of the best known citi- 
zens of Northern Westchester, whose cheery 
word has been an inspiration to the com- 
muters of the Harlem division for many 
years and enumerates his many virtues as 
a good citizen, a devoted husband, father 
and friend. 

As a mark of respect to his memory, the 
flag on the staff on the triangle was placed 
at half mast on the announcement of his 

The EnrroR. 
To the Employes of G. C. Terminal. N. Y.: 

Please accept my thanks for your generos- 
ity and sympathy extended to me on the 
death of my beloved husband, James H. 
Dooley. Respectfully, 

Nellie L. Doolbt. 

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Harlem Division Notes — 

It Is now Bro. Sincerbox at Pawling and 
Bro. O'Nell at Coleman's. Welcome to our 
midst* boys; here's hoping: you like it so well 
you never get on the outside again. 

Bro. J. J. Gilchrist, who enlisted in the 
signal corps, went to Camp Jackson, S. C, 
and was given rank of Sergeant, has been 
recommended for officers training camp. 

Bro. Nsrmark has accepted a position in 
the pc^senger auditor's office at Grand 
Central terminal. Bro. Charley Andrews for- 
merly assistant at Copake is now one of 
the right hand men in the office of the 
auditor of revenue there, getting more to 
start in as a green man than the highest 
paid telegrapher on the division after count- 
less years of service. Bro. Edward Loyd 
for ten years agent at Copake also goes 
to New York in the auditing department at 
the Grand Central. 

Croton Falls new station is now open. 
The old one was moved across the track 
for a freight house. 

Bro. J. Day acted as agent and Mr. 
Ostrader as assistant at Purdys on account 
of the sickness and death of Bro. Gardener. 
The attendance of the membership was not 
as large as expected on account of the 
very severe weather prevailing at that time. 

Much sympathy is extended to Bro. and 
Mrs. Michael Whalen of Mlllerton by the 
membership and railroad men generally in 
the loss of their son "Johnnie" who died 
early in December from spinal meningitis 
after only a few days illness. Johnnie was 
a bright, lovable little chap. Just ten years 
old, idolized by his parents and liked by 
e%'ery one with whom he came in contact. 
His death seemingly so untimely is an al- 
most unbearable affliction to his parents 
who were planning nobly for his future. 

Bro. James Daily of Goldens Bridge has 
received word through the agencies of the 
British and American Red Cross that his 
brother John who was a member of an 
American engineering unit which was in the 
thick of the fighting at Cambrai, France, is 
a prisoner of war in Germany. He was 
listed as missing by General Pershing and 
given up for dead by the family. 

Bro. Clarence Warfleld sends New Year 
greetings to the boys from the North woods 
and also the cheerful Information that the 
old bulb has been down to forty -seven be- 
low where he is staying. 

Bro. G. H. Wooding In his official capacity 
as justice for his town has already had 
two criminal cases to try (colored), Bro. 
A H. Melius acting as stenographer. 

VIce-Pres. Pierson and the company 
managers met Commissioner Chambers at 
New York a few days ago and it was agreed 
to start mediation of our wage controversy 
February 14ai at New York, including lines 

both east and west. Some back time from 
August Ist would be nice If we were not 
all In debt that much or more, trying to 
struggle along until we get It. 

G. H. W. 

Whereas^ Our Heavenly Father, In His 
Infinite wisdom and goodness has deemed it 
best to call to the great beyond our beloved 
Bro. W. H. Gardner; therefore be It 

Resolved, That the members of the Har- 
lem Division, Div. No. 8 of the Order of 
Railroad Telegraphers, extend to the be- 
reaved family their sincere and heartfelt 
sympathy in this sad hour of affliction, and 
be it further 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions 
be spread upon the minutes of this division, 
a copy be sent to the bereaved family and 
a copy sent to Thb Telbgraphbr for pub- 

H. H. Spauldino, 
F. D. Philip, 
W. H. Grovxstbbn, 

"Nickel Plate" R. R., DIv. No. 18. 
Fort Wayne Division — 

The Saturday Evening Post of January 
5 th, undpr the caption "Our Labor Pluto- 
crats," publishes an article pertaining to 
the high wages being paid miners, steel and 
munition plant laborers, which brings to 
light how small the railroad telegraphers' 
pay is as compared to other fields of en- 
deavor. A heater In a Pittsburg steel mill 
has averaged |14.00 per day for S years; 
one of his sons, a catcher In this mill, aver- 
aged HO. 00 per day. Rollers are maCkIng 
from 120.00 to $30.00 per day. Some make as 
high as 1800.00 per month. In the mines, a 
foreigner who couldn't read nor write, much 
less speak English language, was drawing 
$300.00 per month. Cutters and loaders are 
making $300.00 or better, one cutter recently 
had in his pay envelope $386.00. The 
author sums up as follows: "It is a poor 
man in and around the steel district who 
is not making $90.00 or $100.00 per month. 
A Job like that is to be had for the asking. 
The man does not need to be able to read 
or write — he does not even have to know 
English. All that is required of him is 
average muscular ability.** Reports com- 
piled on the situation show that there is a 
shortage of this class of labor in the Pitts- 
burg field of 20%. 

It is not necessary to dwell on the techni- 
cal training of the telegrapher and station 
agent, but we will stop to compare our 
wages. Members of our craft draw from 
$60.00 to $150.00 per month. Are we not 
worth as much Industrially as these men, 
many of whom are very illiterate? Grant- 

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Ing that their pay is above par isn't ours 
very much below par? Think it over, broth- 
ers, then srrab an application blank and go 
get a non. It is no mystery why there 
is a scarcity of operators, it's more the 
wonder there isn't a greater dearth of men. 
The taking over of the railroads by the 
govemmettt has transferred us from cor* 
poration to government employes. How- 
ever, this does not lessen the power of the 
order, nor does it mean the letting up in 
our drive on the nons, or that we should 
drop our membership. Prom best authority 
available we learn that the various rail- 
road brotherhoods will be on the same 
status as before, therefore, brothers, let us 
continue in the good work of lining up 
the nons, of which we have quite a few 
now that phones have entered the service. 
We wish to say to you nons (If this 
page comes to your attention), that if you 
are interested in a raise of wages, vaca- 
tion, eta, lose no time in filling out an 
application, for remember our committee is 
working for your interests as well as ours. 
Member and non-member share equally in 
the fruits of our committee's effort Right- 
eously we expect you to do your bit along 
with us in supporting them. 

First Vice-President Bro.> W. T. BroWn 
and General Chairman Bro F. F. Cowley 
met President Bemet January 16 and he 
advised our committee that he was un- 
able to make any further offer to us with- 
out authority from the government. It was 
decided to refer the question to the govern- 
ment board of mediation and conciliation 
for handlifig. which was done. The board 
has similar requests from the N. Y. C. east 
and west and Michigan Central. Time is 
required, especially during the stress of war. 
but we hope for a speedy settlement in 
which the justification of our claims will 
be recognized. 

The war has brought about great changes 
and it is hard to tell Just what the future 
may have in store for us. In order to have 
our schedule rights protected we must re- 
double our efforts and make our organlza-^ 
tion as near 100% as possible. We must 
not relinquish our energies to bring in the 
nons simply because the railroads have 
passed from private operation. 

It is now Brother Miller, 2nd, Colby 
double track also Bro. H. T. Heckman 3d, 
Mortimer temporarily and Bro. N. C. Ash, 
2nd Maple Grove. 

Assignments: C. H. Barron to third "FO" 
during war. Miss Nora Schuh and N. S. 
Pltson to Millers City, and N. H. Thompson 
to Chicago division temporarily. 

Bro. M. S. Lowe who bid in 2nd "FO" Ft. 
Wayne, has enlisted in the navy, relieved 
by Bro. V. R. Bender and he later by Bro. 
.T. E. Carney from Chicago division, return- 

ing to first "DJ" Ft Wayne. Bro. M. S. 
Lowe writes from training camp Great 
Lakes, 111., sending regards to all the boys. 
Bro. H. F. Major 2nd Glasgow to 8rd "FO" 
Ft, Wa3me. Extra Dispr. Ryan filled In a 
few nights there. 

Mrs. N. B. Ferguson, extra copier In dis- 
patcher's office, has returned to 2d Oakwood ; 
ye scribe to 2d Glasgow rrtieved on 8d by 
Bro. J. H. Dowell from Cincinnati Northern, 
who lost no time in taking out a cardL 
This is the kind of men we welcome on the 
"Nickel Plate". 

Two passenger trains, numbers 8 and 4, 
were taJcen off when the new time card 
went into effect January 18, and Townwood 
and Millers City 2d and 8d Oakwood 
abolished. All were phoners holding theeo 

W. J. Bird has been appointed chief tele- 
phone instructor to beginners. 


Div. Cor. 

Cleveland Division — 

Bro. Frank Kelly, 1st Conneaut srard, has 
a new "baby" Vibroplex and certainly does 
send fine "stuff" with it. 

This has certainly been a "tufT* winter 
on the "Nickel Plate". J^ots of snow and 
below zero weather to contend with, yards 
congested and everybody made nearly crazy 
by patrons trying to get a line on their 
freight in transit, but the officers and men 
that have not gone to the war have been 
"sticking to the ship" day in and day out 
doing their little "bit" to keep the men sup- 
plied "over across the briny". Let us hope 
and pray that there wiU be a let up on 
this strenuous stuff and that the German 
people will soon turn down the Kaiser. 

Assignments: F. E. Bollinger, phoner, 2d 
Bro. H. E. Hammond Srd Ashtabula siding, 
latter temporarily; F. B. Upstill, agent 
Perry, O., Frank Sho waiter and A. H, 
Weber relief agents. Mr. Fellows, to 
Wllloughby Siding only trick, but have not 
heard from that place for fifteen minutes, 
you know they come and go there; Bro. 
F. H. Balhagan, copier first trick and extra 
Dispr. Cleveland, second and third trick 
copiers there up for bid; Bro. F. W. Hege- 
ner to second "CD" Superintendent's office 

Nightengale has left Srd Vermillion, suc- 
ceeded by C. H. Brannan, from the Penna. 
Hope he will respond when our brothers 
there try to get him In the order. If he 
does we will not miss Nightengale. Come 
to think it over I don't think we'll miss 
Nightengale anyhow. 

Brothers McGuerdy and Osenbaugh have 

had to double at Bast Lorain recently on 

account of the scarcity of telegraphers. 

This has been neccessary at 9tb0r poliita. 

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Thb Bailboao Teuegbapher. 


Brother Jump* for many years on second 
Shinrock. has resigned as his boy is doing 
duty for 'IJncle Sam" and no one to work 
the tBTBL Oood luck, old timer, hope you 
will come back and help out now and then. 
No assignment on this job yet. 

Chief Train Dispatcher Todd, Cleveland 
division, was off with grippe about a week 
recently. This is about a continuous per- 
formance job, especially this winter, and 
Mr. Todd and our other officers should re- 
ceive all the help we can give them. Former 
extra Dispatcher Crane, is acting as chief 
clerk to Chief Dispr. Todd during the rush. 

CarroU Hill, son of Bro. B. A. HUl 2d 
Bellevue Yard, has joined Uncle Sam's fight- 
ing forces in the navy. We hope he comes 
back O. K. 

L. J. Bangert, formerly on this division, 
has Joined the wireless squad in the U. S. 
navy, starting in at the Great Lakes train- 
ing schooL Last heard from was handling 
hot stuff at SayvUle, L. I., New York. He 
desires to be remembered to all on the 
Nickel Plate. He is a good-hearted fellow 
and made an attempt to jbin the Order, but 
"lost out" on account of extra work given 
ouU but will join if he ever gets back from 

T. R. Hassard, passenger conductor be- 
tween Bellevue and Buffalo, a friend of the 
telegraphers, on December Ist was retired 
on a pension after a service of thirty-five 
years, having reached the Nickel Plate pen- 
sion age of seventy years. We hope the 
remainder of his life will be pleasant and 
that he will be with us for a long time. 

A. W. Johnston, division engineer, divi- 
sion superintendent, general superintendent, 
general manager and assistant to the presi- 
dent for the past thirty-three years and nine 
months, has severed active connection with 
the Nickel Plate, but will continue to give 
the management the benefit of what he 
knows about the property from time to time. 
Mr. Johnston has been in poor health and 
he and Mrs. Johnston soon leave for Flor- 
ida to spend the balance of the winter. Mr. 
Johnston's friends are legion. He has filled 
the yarious positions with a record of the 
highest order. He is a man that "tempered 
justice with mercy" and many of the vet- 
erans, and those who are not veterans, have 
him to thank in many ways for their reten- 
tion and ultimate success on the Nickel Plate 
and el s e wh e r e. May he be long spared to 

Two new offices have been created with 
headquarters at Bellevue. J. M. (Jack) 
Crouch, a former freight conductor on this 
division, has been appointed assistant train- 
master, Bellevue to Conneaut, and D. R. 
Crowl«r. formerly a telegrapher from New 
York' City. i4»pointed assistant trainmaster 
tnmt BeUevue to Fort Wayne, on account of 
lilt lf-*«* w-» SMMhieM. 

The committee has been up for a new 
schedule, but on account of the Qovemment 
taking over the railroads our management 
declines to treat with us direct, but agree 
to settle by mediation which will probably 
be taken up by Judge Chambers at an early 
date. •^NiTT." 

N. Y. 0. R. R. Lines West, Div. No. 19. 

Alliance Division — 

Bro. O. W. Allmon. on the sick list, was 
relieved by Bro. P. V. Allmon, leaving Bro. 
Hammond at Dillonvale alone. Bro. F. V. 
Allmon and Bro. Ricketts did not get their 
vacations, due to Hommes relief agent being 
at Mechanicstown. 

Ex-Brother O'Donnell, third, Piney Fork, 
and Price, third Amsterdam, resigned. Jobs 
pending bulletin filled by weighmaster and 
a clerk, respectively. 

The agents at the small stations are mak- 
ing overtime now owing to Na 8 and 4 
being late every night on account of con- 
gested conditions. 

Bro. & P. Crawford from Watheys ap- 
pointed agent at Augusta. 

The schedule negotiations are coming 
along nicely, the Board's mediation services 
has been requested and we hope to reach 
a speedy agreement. 

Five nons on this division failed to turn 
in their strike ballots in support of the 
committee. You all know who these are. 
They not only refuse to shoulder their share 
of the financial burdens of the organization 
or even give the committee their moral sup- 
port, but have done what they oould to 
hamper the schedule work. There is only 
one answer to this and that Is enforce the 
"No card, no favors" slogan to the limit. 
We have got to do this to protect our own 
interests as these men are simply using us 
to try to put themselves in special favors 
with the company. They are the very first 
to grab any benefits derived from our work 
for better conditions. 

There are several new men on the divi- 
sion who would join were some member 
to talk to them. We need these men, 
brothers, for both their financial and moral 
support In the schedule negotiations; we 
have got to wake up and bring more inter- 
est into the Order work. Your local chair- 
man has not the time to do all the work, 
so you have got to get busy yourselves. 
The very first thing to do is, pay up your 
dues, then get after the new members. 

We have a new superintendent, A. E3. Lloyd, 
vice D. J. Evans, transferred to the Frank- 
lin Division. We wish them both success. 

Bro. Orwlck moved recently. 

Don't forget to drop Bros. Ruggles and 
Ougleman a letter occasionally; they will 
greatly appreciate how the Alliance Plvisloo 
1. coming on. ^.^.^.^^^ ^^ GoOgle^ 

The Railroad Telegrapher. 

and 8 have been discon- 
ivision account of the con- 
on account of cold weather, 
ice very poor on the South 
ving a genuine old winter, 
for the notes; keep up the' 
^e will have a good write-up 

trainmaster appointed with 
^a. Yardmaster Thompson 

Thompson relieving yard- 
ice. DiY. Cor. 

a war waiver to be reinstated, so mail them 

H. K. B., Div. Cor. 

athwoll is back on Rolling 

using, third Whiting, has 


all relieved by W. L. -Shultz 

W. tower Laporte, relieving 
in "J,"' who relieved First 
r Robt. Fredricks, commis- 
n in the railroad contingent. 
>b go, and all hope for his 
return.' He was presented 
s trunk and a gold wrist 
erators. Those on this divl- 
nerously, only one man re- 
fute. The Masonic members 
ELtors also gave him a solid 
>mblem ring as a remem- 
Lndly qualities SLnd the high 

he was held by them. He 
. workman and a good scout. 

from the Indiana Steel Co. 

at Porter again, 
vith the Union Drown Wire 

gone to the M. C. R. R. 
B. & O. tower, Indiana Har- 
}. O. Bach man, third P. M. 

who went to Camp Rock- 
eted to major-sergeant, Rail- 
^orps. The boys on this di- 
)Iy made a good showing in 
vice, every one having been 

ker, "WG" Elkhart, was re- 
during the serious illness of 

sons. Charley has had his 
IS this year. 

is slowly recovering from 

the recent blizzard that 
Lvoc to the roads of the mld- 

Ma&y of the boys were un- 
their offices at all, and a 
ompelled to work overtime, 
on duty 80 hours, 
negotiations are now in the 
sdiation Board, and it is our 
:er the nons we work with, 
id make our division 100 per 

re must pay our Insurance 
and dues before February 28, 1918. or sign 

N. Y. O. A W. Ry., DIv. 20. 
Southern Division — 

Bro. McCue relieved Bro. Wilbur on third 
Bumside tower which he was covering, 
wnile Long weus trj'lng out Weehawken 
again which he had previously given up to 
bid in Bumside. 

We are glad to hear Bro. Cudney back 
on the wire again. 

Bro. Chas. Clark, ticket agent at Cadosia. 
on six months' leave, to work for the gov- 
ernment, relieved by Miss Furie of Hancock. 

Bro. Dingee, third Cadosia, on a week's 
vacation, relieved by Bro. Sayor. 

Bro. Leonard Quinn, first Livingston 
Manor, has joined the rmy. relieved by Bro. 
Wright, relieved on Second Ihere by Bro. 
Steenrod from the Delaware & Northern. 

All dues must be paid this month, so do 
not neglect to send them in as delay in this 
matter causes a lot of extra work for the 
local chairman and general secretary. 

H. J. DE GraWj Div. Cor. 

C. I. A W. Ry., Div. No. 21. 

Indianapolia Division — 

Bro. Hassing, third Oxford, was off 15 
days recently. 

Bro. Trent, *'CV" second, on 4 months' 
leave, is spending the winter in California. 

Bro. Haskett, third Rushville, is off on 
account of sickness. He has our best wishes 
tor a speedy recovery. 

I have recently been appointed corre- 
spondent of this division, brothers. Please 
send me items in future. 

All of the brothers should work to the 
best of their ability to get the nons in line 
as we are working for new schedule. 

F. F. R.. Liberty Ind. 

Springfield Division — 

Bro. Bleiase bid in agency Keys. 

The snow has been so deep on this divi- 
sion that traffic was tied up for several 

Business is good and operators are scarce. 
Some of the brothers are sick and the agents 
have to fill their places. 

The government taking charge of the 
railroads January 1st will not affect our 
schedule or working conditions in any way. 
We will continue to handle our grievances 
same as heretofore. 

The four organizations have reached an 
agreement with the management and ours 
come next. All other roads have gotten a 
raise In pay and the 26 working days and 
overtime for Sundays, This is principally 
our demand and every one of us should Join 
hands to get these beneflfK _ Pl«iflB_ send 
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The RaduRoad Telegrapher. 


in your dues promptly. This will enable 
us to cairy on the good work. Our 
schedule was presented on December 1, 1917, 
to take efj^ect January 1, 1918. 

Brothers, please send me a note of the 
happenin«9 around your station so we can 
have a write-up each month as I am unable 
to hear of all them. 

Bro. Koblnson, third ConnersvlUe, has 
been appointed correspondent and Bro. J. T. 
Johnston, second State St., acting local 
chairman for the Indianapolis Division dur- 
ing the absence of Bro. Trent. 

"CU," Cert 169. 

Canadian Govt. Rys., Div. No. 11. 
District No. 1 — 

All the boys are wearing a smile that 
won't come off as our committee has signed 
up with the management . for the new 
schedule. We were awarded nearly every- 
thing asked for. Our new local chairman, 
Bro. Arcand, told oujc. committee he under- 
stood we were a good bunch of men and 
^ure thought we were entitled to more 
money; so let's all do our best and show 
him that he has not under-estimated our 
ability as railroad men. We all thank him 
and the schedule committee for what we 
have received, and as this has been a long, 
hard-fought battle, let's all send to our 
local chairman our first month's Increase 
without delay soon as received. 

All the members are anxious for the next 
meeting to hear more In regard to the new 
schedule. • 

Boys, there are over six thousand grain 
cars coming east. Get your train order sig- 
nals well oiled. We are all pleased to see 
such new "Big Engs." as 442 running on 
passenger trains and a couple more are com- 
ing for us. We will do some railroading 
"once in awhile." 

We wish all good luck to our new dis- 
patcher, F. R. Plupkett. 

Bro. "Pn-try" Is now at "BR" days en- 
joying himself with that new supplement 
to time table No. 9. 

Bro. Pomerleau "GU," has removed his 
little shack Into the cut closer to that "over- 
head" public bridge where he has a better 
sight of the girls going over with their 

Brother Gignac is talking about getting 
a flying machine for next summer. 

Brother Pelletier had "a Happy New 
Year" with — "you know who." 

Bro. Trepanler has bought a dozen hens 
and Bro. Anger has purchased some Victory 
bonds, owing to their Increase. 

Bro. Glngras Is making some great im- 
provements since he married. 

Bro. J. N. Lahay went home for Christ- 
mas to see his sister, who was very sick 
and the station was closed for several days. 

BrOr J. £. Lahay, on sick list, was relieved 
by Bro. Paquin. 

Bro. J. A. Marneau, on several weeks' 
leave to Interview the dentist and' see 

Positions opened recently and filled as 
follows: Days — ^Dorey, Bro. Rauthier; Fer- 
guson, Bro. Berube and wife; Hlbbard. Bro. 
Paquin; Greening, Roy. and Longlade, Bro. 
Barnwell. Nights— Doucet, Bro. Rlordon ; 
Nottaway, Bro. Ceuq, Mars; Notogan, Bro. 
Chaquette, ana O'Brien, by Bro. Sauschogrln. 
Spirit l^ake— No report. 

Brothers, have you your new card? 

Please send me a few notes. It is im- 
possible for me to get all the happenings 
on the line. Any brother knowing anything 
of Interest please mention it as we do not 
want to slight anyone. 

Remember our motto: *'No card, no 
favors." u. N., Cert. 39. 

Delaware & Hudson Ry., DIv. No. 12. 
Saratoga and Champlain Divisions — 

Now that WQ are all In the service of 
Uncle Sam our country expects every 
telegrapher to do his full duty. Although 
we are underpaid and the grade of the high- 
way we all must travel grows increasingly 
steep and the burden we are compelled to 
carry grows heavier and heavier, let It not 
be said that any telegrapher laid down on 
his Job. When the committee appointed by 
Director McAdoo to adjust the railroad wage 
dispute meets In session we hope that a 
representative of the O. R. T. will be pres- 
ent to request ^that our claims to a llvlmg 
wage be given respectful consideration. 
With the Big Four and the switchmen In 
the limelight we do not expect reserved 
seats in the orchestra or a box, but will be 
content with a seat In the back row Just 
so we will be heard. 

The recent death of a brother telegrapher 
who allowed his "MB" dues to lapse during 
his sickness, again brings up the serious- 
ness of this neglect. Nearly everyone at 
some period in his life is confronted with 
the problem, caused by sickness or other- 
wise, of making one dollar doing the duty 
of two and It Is generally something es- 
sential to the future welfare of his family 
that he cuts out every budget first. When 
a wife, often with a family to support. Is 
suddenly thrown upon her own resources by 
the death of her husband, It is this Insur- 
ance money, small though the amount may 
be, that is the vital factor in keeping the 
wolf from the door until she can take stock 
and gather her forces for the struggle that 
Is before her. 

This organization would be sadly lacking 
in the fraternal spirit for which it stands 
if it did not provide ways and means of 
meeting these sudden emergencies and pro- 

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D Telbgrapheb. 

Bro. "Jake" Couse, the old "Southpaw" 
(Hspatcher, recently took a trip over the 
Fouth end examininsr thingrs in generaJ and 
callini? upon several of his old Binghamton 
friends and acquaintances. Bro. "Jim" 
Bradt, third trick dispatcher, also recently 
made a tour of Inspection over the south 
end. We were glad to see Bra "Crip" 
Wright of the dispatcher's force out on the 
line. Most of us thought him a moving- 
picture artipt, snapping his camera at the 
most importaint points. He has a fine col- 

Bro. France, first trick dispatcher, recent- 
ly made a tour of inspection over the north 
end to Albany and while in the latter city 
took in the "Empire." 

Bro. Guy Barnes, of the dispatcher's office, 
recently enjoyed a 10 days' vacation, but he 
has very little to say of what transpired 
during that time. 

Effective with the new time card I note 
a few of the boys have their hours of labor 

^ shortened. Get busy, boys, with your ax 
and saw; see who can capture the prize for 

^ conserving the most coal. 

? What is a pot signal? Ask Bro. Hunger- 

. ford; he has the original definition. 


e Bro. Wild recently relieved on, account of 

I illness by Bro. John Collins, Bro. Claude 
Ferris by Bro. T. W. Hall of Kelleys; Bro. 
Wands, agent Howes Cave, relieved by R. 
H. English and Bro. R. H. Smith, "DJ" 
tower, is on leave of absence due to poor 
health, relieved by H. W. Morah. 





n Don't forget, boys, February 28th will 

soon be here. After that date you are liable 
to be left out in the cold — those of you who 
have forgotten your dues. Take notice! It's 
bad enough to be left in the cold when the 
d fire goes out 
I- Bro. Ford Best, third "EW," recenUy fell 

n, upon the ice which incapacitated him for 
d service. Earl Hynds did the trick in Ford's 
L- absence. 

^ We recently received a letter from Bro. 

Abie Burdlck, now with the American Ex- 
peditionary Forces "Somewhere in France" 
reporting himself as well as the majority 
of the boys now "over there" in good health 
and spirits. "Abe" is always glad to re- 
ceive a few lines from the old reliable "D. 
•d & H." in America. Former Dispatcher "Bill" 
5. Knickerbocker is also "Somewhere In 
3. France" with the aviation branch of "Uncle 
o' Sam's" fighters, and has reported his safe 
^»» arrival. 

," Say. brothers, sharpen up your axes and 

o. saws, find a nice wood-lot somewhere and 
kl. get those "kinks" out of your backs and 
y. muscles. See how much you can help "Uncle 
et Sam" in ^pnservlng fuel,,. 

Cbbt. 84S. 

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The Railboad Telegrapher. 


Norfolk & Western Ry., DIv. No. 14. 
Scioto Diviaion — 

Best news first : ''KM" office, PortBtnouth, 
solid O. R. T, for the flret time in It year;" 
L«ooks like someooe around "KM" has been 
pretty busy. Get your magnifying: glass and 
see if you can find what's left of our 
slacker list now. 

Our chairman has landed ten slackers this 
month and says they are fast becoming real 
soldiers, ready for the front lines! Every- 
body work hard, especially on the "new 
slackers" as well as the "old slackers;" 
make it 100 per cent and we will be ready 
to "go over the top!" Simple as "A B C." 

Chairman Mcllroy went to Roanoke Jan- 
uary 20th to Join our committee January 
21st to take up schedule negotiations. Under- 
stand they negotiated with the management 
as usual, the money being furnished by the 
government If the committee does not re- 
ceive some satisfaction soon, it will go to 
Washington to appear before the Federal 

Through these columns we extend our 
thanks to the conductors who helped so ef- 
fectively in coUecting contrtbutions for the 
Layman Memorial Fund. Any brothers who 
have not remitted please send their contri- 
bution at once to Chairman Mcllroy, Ports- 
mouth, as he wishes to bring the matter to 
a close. Don't forget that Bro. Layman 
served us well for 26 years, that he was 
chairman of the board of directors and the 
oldest member of Division 14. 

As it is desired that everyone remain at 
their positions as much as possible on ac- 
count of the shortage of labor, etc., the reg- 
ular Safety First monthly meetings have 
been discontinued until further notice. 

Bro. Bias attended the weekly poultry 
show at Portsmouth and is contemplating 
conducting a poultry farm at Dunlow, W. 
Va,, where he recently bid in the agency. 
C. D. seems to have exceptional luck with 

Bro. Minch, who visited the "KM" opera- 
tors, says the hardest part of his Job is 
entertaining the ladles. 

Bro. H. E. Burling, returning from vaca- 
tion, reports a nice trip and fine weather. 
He visited at Jacksonville, Tampa and Key 
West. Fla. 

The wires have been transferred from 
"IIV" station, Valley Crossing, to N. & W. 
tower, and we again cover the position in 
our agreement We lost this position sev- 
eral srears ago and welcome its return with 
a 192.00 salary to our brothers. Bro. Perry 
secured second and Bro. Smalley secured 
third, but they were handed a "lemon" on 
flrst, as Lemon bid it in according with his 
seniority rights secured by the O. R T. 

The new ones come and go so fast it's 
hard to keep up with them. Bend me an 

item occasionally and I will be able to give 
you more newa 

Don't be pessimistic about government 
control because the railroad situation did not 
unravel over night "Uncle Sam" has the 
worst railroad tangle in history to straighten 
out and the worst weather conditions for 
years to do It in. We should each exert 
ourselves In every way possible to make 
things move. We must use our Individual 
and collective effort to help our country in 
this crisis, and to prove that the control of 
public utilities should be in the hands of the 
public Let's be on the square with "Uncle 
Sam," thereby meriting a "square deal'* for 
ourselves and be patient "Rome was not 
built in a day." 

A nest of slackers who command a certain 
interlocker on the Scioto Valley were given 
additional work on account of a new rail- 
way making connection with the N. ft W.. 
and using Its tracks. They object to work 
as well as other things and took It upon 
themselves to negotiate a new wage scale 
for their particular office, handling the mat- 
ter the best they knew how; first with the 
C. D.. the a C, and flnaUy with the Big 
Boss. Many letters were written and the 
correspondence grew to a very bulky pack- 
age. However, matters did not termhiate fast 
enough, and the telephone was used with- 
out results. Later a letter signed by the 
three threatened to strike if the comi>any 
did not "come across with more of the 

We are informed that the correspondence 
has been pigeon-holed and the slackers still 
on the Job. 

We heard one of them remark to our 
chairman the other day: "What you told 
me was right." Our chairman said, "al- 
ways" and closed the key. 

Who loves a slacker of any sort? Who 
will try to get them a nice fat Increase 
when they meet the management? Who 
cares if they strike? Don't forget the motto 
and also add, the way of the slacker Is 
hard. We know another slacker who can- 
not collect his overtime. Glory! 

Moral : "Don't he a slacker." 

Ckrt. 1607. 


Whbreas, Our Heavenly Father, In His 
infinite wisdom and goodness, ha^ deemed 
It best to call to the great beyond our 
esteemed brother, Charles O'Malley, we bow 
in humble submission to the will of Him 
who doeth all things well ; and 

Whereas, We realize that in the death of 
Brother O'Malley we have lost a loyal 
brother; therefore, In manifestation of our 
sorrow and fraternal sympathy ; be It 

Reeolved, That we, members of Norfolk A 
Western Railway System, DlyiefOB No. 14, 


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extend to the sorrowing wife and relatives 
our sincere and heartfelt sympathy in this 
their hour of bereavement, and be it further 
Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions 
be forwarded the bereaved wife, a copy 
spread upon the minutes of our division, and 
a copy sent The Tblboraphbr for publica- 

T. A. Dhafbr^ 
W. L. Bakbb, 
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Atlantic Coast Line R. R., Div. No. 15. 
Waycroaa District Notes — 

Bro. Klrkland of Baconton, who recently 
visited his brother at Camp Wheeler, also 
visited Camp (Jordon. 

Assignments: Bro. J. E. Stough. cutting 
agency vice Bro. Williams to extra board, 
relieving Bro. R. D. Reid. agent, Homerville, 
off on vacation. 

Bro. Mansfield recently on vacation took 
in mostly "New Orleans" and Bro. Christo- 
pher was relieved at Meigs awhile by Bro. 
Perry Stewart, of Lake City. 

Bro. C. R. Robinson. Ruskin. was off re- 
cently on account of the death of his brother. 
Heavy business caused two tricks to be 
put on at Manor* and McAlpin, three at Bos- 
ton and another man In dispatcher's office, 

Bro. Orlce. Dupont agency, In hospital, 
Waycross, relieved by Bro. F. D. Powell. 
Bro. Bramlett, Dupont. off sick few days, 
was relieved by Bro. Brock, also Bro. Howe, 
agent. Kinderlow, relieved by Extra Lamkln. 
We are glad to hear Bro. Welch back on 
Ochlocknee agency again after a spell of 
sickness, relieved by Bro. Sessions, who also 
relieved Bro. Hollingsworth "TyTy" agency, 
attending court at Camilla, and Bro. ••Little" 
Murray, WiUacoochee, on his 16-days' vaca- 
tion secured by our last contract. We are 
glad to have Bro. Sessions with us and con- 
fident he will like Waycross Distrtct A. C. L. 
as well as the S. W. Dlv. of C. of Ga. 

Bro. Stewart while covering the district 
was relieved by Relief Agent Bro. Mansfield. 
Bro. House relieved a few days by Bro. 
Sessions from C. of G. 

Bro. Warren, first Albany, learned the dis- 
trict recently and is now doing extra dis- 
patching at Waycross. We wish him success. 
Bro. Klrkland, Baconton agency, recently 
killed eight fine porkers and is now eating 
ppareribs for breakfast, backbone and rice 
for dinner and hogshead cheese for supper. 
He states that is one on the city operators 
and agents and is worth all the White Ways. 
I wish some of the extra brothers would 
send me in some notes as they usually know 
more of them than the others. 

Bro. D. B. McQualg recently bid in second 
"FN" Waycross yards, leaving third on bul- 
letin and Bro. N. C. Douglas filled It, left 
first Thomasvllle on bulletin; second Way- 
cross yards is on bulletin again. 

Bro. CM. White, now with Company A, 
319th M. G. Battalion. Camp Gordon, Ga., 
was recent visitor to Quitman and Pelham. 
He will be glad to hear from the brothers. 
F. A. Crittbndbn, Cor. 

Michigan Central R. R., D^v. No. 16. 

The many friends of James C. Culklns, 
general chairman of Division 16, were 
shocked to learn of his sudden death, which 
occurred In the telegraph ofilce the morning 
of Saturday. January 12th. He had left 
home as usual that morning In apparently 
good health, but it is thought that the un- 
due exertion required to face the raging 
blizzard was too much for a weakened heart, 
which collapsed soon after reaching the of- 
fice, causing immediate death. 

Brother Culklns had reached the age of 
52 years and has been In the continuous 
employ of the Michigan Central for the past 
34 years, and all that time held the position 
of operator, ticket clerk. Western . Union 
manager and towerman. He was a deep 
student of the economic problems of labor 
and capital, and was active in every move 
to better the condition of the telegraphers. 
Early in 1902 he gave his active support to 
a movement for the Independent organiza- 
tion of the telegraphers on the M. C. The 
father and prime mover of this movement 
was F. D. Beardsley, an operator located at 
Owosso, and it was largely through his ef- 
forts that the road was afterward organized 
under the banner of the O. R. T. In 1903 
the O. R. T. organization was completed, and 
Bro. Culklns was chosen as general chair- 
man, continuing in that capacity up to the 
time of his death. As a monument to his 
work, the many schedules obtained by him 
and his committees were considered the best 
in the country, and In this connection the 
telegraphers have suffered a real loss from 
the fact the position will be hard to fill. 

It can be safely said that no man had 
ever had any more true friends that ••Jimmy" 
Culklns. His gentle and courteous manner 
and remarkable patience under the most try- 
ing situations was commented upon by all 
that knew him. His firm and sterling quali- 
ties won him the esteem and confidence of 
the men he represented, and also compelled 
the respect of the employers, 
- The funeral was held from the Catholic 
Church in Albion, January 16th and was 
largely attended by his frtends and repre- 
sentative citizens of the city. 

M. F. Ryan, Cert. 8250. 

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Northern Division — 

Bros. Robinson and Diffenderfer, Cheboy- 
gan, worked H hours while Bro. Sutherland 
^-as on the sick list. Bros. Murray and Hill, 
North Lansing, also worked 12 hours while 
Bro. Grover was on the sick list. Bro. R. M. 
Gordon, agent Bay City, on the sick list, 
was relieved by Bro. J. L. Kerby. 

Bro. U. Flodel while waiting for call from 
the government relieved at Wolverine and 
Oaylord. Bro. Art Bonnett resumed first 
"Wolverine, vice Bro. Harry Crecine back on 
second hours. Bro. Flodel, Wolverine to 
Gaylord third, relieving Bro. Jimmie Booth 
on his honeymoon. Fralick, a new man 
from Wolverine, to Waters nights. 

Bro. Liewis, first night hours Mason, visit- 
ing his mother in the West, relieved by Bro. 
£L A. Hill. 

Division 16 suffered a severe loss in the 
death of our general chairman and esteemed 
brother, J. C. Culkins, who died suddenly in 
bis office at Albion, Mich., on January 12th. 
His sudden demise lb a grreat 'shock to our 
fraternity at so important an epoch in 
the history of our organization. We extend 
our deepest sympathy to his family in their 
sad bereavement. 

Closing a most important year through 
which our organization as a whole has 
passed and at the beginning of a new year, 
we are facing new conditions, the results of 
which cannot be foretold. The one great 
Issue before us at this time is the absolute 
and thorough organization of our craft 
which will place us in a position to meet 
any <iontingencIes that may arise in the 
present or future state of unsettled aflfairs. 

Bro. C. W. Burwell, first Laingsburg, bid 
in Owosso third, vice Bro. Cliff Bowden to 
Chesaning first. 

Bro. Guy Van Dusen, first Salzburg, and 
wife on trip to California and other points 
hi the Southwest, relieved by Bro. Mac Laing 
with W. J. Billow, a new man, on third. 

Shortage of men and weather too cold for 
vacations makes news scarce. Bro. Flood 
has been the only contributor for several 
months. Would suggest that some of the 
boys send in a few items each month. 

Penna. R. R. Lines East, Div. No. 17. 
Maryland Division — » 

The year 1917 has proven the most suc- 
cessful of any since the O. R. T. became 
active in securing schedules. Just to think : 
130 new and revised schedules with money 
amounting to more than ten million dollars 
In the pockets of the organized telegraphers, 
also reduced hours of service, vacations and 
various other considerations, completes a 
record to be proud of, and I dare say never 
equaled by any other labor organization in 
the country : yet we are met with the query 
from some of the poor deluded mortals on 

this line. "What has the O. R. T. done?" or 
"If the O. R. T. does something we will 
Join." There is not a telegrapher anywhere 
who does not know of the progress made by 
the O. R. T., yet there are a number who 
will not join v^en they know it Is to their 
own interest to do so, being contented to 
wait and get the occasional hand-out from 
the company, which acts same as a soothing 
syrup to a peevish baby. 

The Journal is becoming a hummer, brim- 
ful of useful information to the members 
and fine organizing material for the nons. 
I would suggest that every member turn his 
January Journal over to some non, as the 
articles in it show Just what has been ac- 

We are glad to see quite a number of the 
boys on this division who have been holding 
out for many long years, . at last realizing 
the necessity of organising and Joined the 
O. R. T. and we have the promise of more 
in the near future. There should be no hesi- 
tancy now, as all fear of discrimination and 
other methods used by certain officials to 
prevent organizing has been removed since 
"Uncle Sam" has assumed control of the 
railroads and our government will not 
countenance such methods. 

We congratulate Bro. H. J. Teagy on his 
venture on the seas of matrimony and wish 
him and bride all kinds of good luck and 

The entertainment held by the Monument- 
al O. R. T. Club on January 18th was a 
grand success. There was a large attend- 
ance, the program furnished by the commit- 
tee was great, and it is certainly to be con- 
gratulated on its efforts. We are anxiously 
waiting for the next one. 


Baltimore Division — 

We hail the new order of things with de- 
light. When the railroads passed over to 
government operation and the Hon. W. G. 
McAdoo was appointed director general by 
the President of the United States, the 
telegraphers on the Pennsjplvania lines 
passed from bondage to freemen. The past 
ten years on this system under the private 
operation of the company our members have 
been intimidated, discriminated, coerced and 
bulldozed for no other purpose than to keep 
them from taking membership in the Order, 
but they can now Join the organization with- 
out fear of having such injustices imposed 
upon them. 

We are pleased to note In the press that 
President Perham, on February 10th, held a 
conference with the Hon. W. G. McAdoo, and 
made formal application for increases for 
telegraphers and station agents. It goes 
to show that the telegraphers if organized 
will always have their interests looked after 

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no matter what the change of things may 
bring forth. 

Our membership is urged to give their 
very best service to the government and 
help In every way possible tg move the traf- 
fic over the line, because no better argu- 
ment can be used for better conditions and 
wagres than that our men gave good service. 

Any member who is discriminated against 
by an official or those who .are reproached 
any way for holding membership in the 
Order of Railroad Telegraphers, should at 
once take the matter up with our president. 
We have a chance to stop this practice If 
anyone should attempt such work, and it is 
now clearly up to the membership to do so. 

We have a good active membership on 
this division and a good local chairman who, 
if given the proper support by the member- 
ship, is sure to get 'results. The first order 
of business should be to get each telegrapher 
and station agent into the organization and 
each member should apply himself In this 

T)ie Monumental Club of Baltimore, Md., 
held a fine entertainment for the members 
and their families at Huntingdon Hall, Fri- 
day, January 18th, attended by a large num- 
ber of the members and their wives. It was, 
indeed, a great evening; all went home feel- 
ing that it paid In many ways to be a mem- 
ber of the O. R. T. Bro. Dr. J. B. Sebastian 
was chairman of the meeting. 

Bro. J. F. Miller, general chairman, ad- 
vises us that they are making great progress 
on the lines east and that 1918 will see the 
P. R. R. boys take their places along with 
other scheduled roads. We can help him by 
organizing and I urge you to do your best. 

Since the Baltimore & Ohio telegraphers 
have secured an increase of Ip per cent and 
extra pay for Sunday work, the P. R. R. 
men are saying that they ought to have the 
same consideration and our reply to them is : 
Get up an organization like the B. ft O. and 
it will be little trouble to get it. 

As the grand secretary and treasurer has 
offered a prjze of $150.00 to the division that 
gets the most new members during 1918, I 
suggest to the entire membership on the P. 
R. R. that we make an effort to win the 

The members' attention is called to the 
fact that unless their dues and assessments 
are paid on or before February 28th, they 
are not in good standing and not entitled to 
benefits; so we urge all to remit at once. 

Boys, It's up to us ; let us do our best,. 


Allegheny Division — 

Some of the men on this division received 
a so-called adjustment recently. They rich- 
ly deserved it and more. We who failed to- 
reap any benefits therefrom congratulate 

them, although in some instances the oozn- 
parative duties of the offices raised and those 
not are ridiculous, yet it merely proves thAt 
a committee of your own fellow-workers are 
far more competent to adjust salaries from 
a "lump sum appropriation." 

I understand our membership on this divl- 
sion is growing, but not as it should. There 
are a few nons here who spring the time> 
worn chestnut, , "Well, where is the organ- " 
izer?" A three-cent stamp is recommended. 
Some are more up-to-date, "Under govern- 
ment ownership or direction we need no or- 
ganization." It is presumed the latter claeui 
win personally take their own case to Wash- 
ington and will find it easier than the C A 
A. committee who are credited with the set- 
tlement of the first wage dispute under the 
director general. We also have with us the 
class of non who imagines he will confer a 
favor on the craft in general by digging up 
the few dollars' dues required. He loses 
sight of his protective labor insurance ot 
more than a million dollars and a member- 
ship behind him of fifty thousand. Ask the 
new members how they feel with a card. It 
breeds confidence. Try it 

Brothers, don't you think we run this 
secrecy business "In the ground?" Why, you 
would think we were members of a band of 
Nihilists. Let's cut out some of this "play- 
ing tag" and know "who is who." I venture 
to say our ofllclals know the membership 
better than we do who are most concerned. 
For my part I am sick of it I know the 
teachings of our organization breathe loyalty 
to an employer, faithfulness to duty rather 
than sedition in the ranks, and discipline in 
our ranks. 

A general chairman on a western road 
once told me that the first thing he assured 
a managing official In the committee room 
was renewed pledges of loyalty and devotion 
to duty. Then that official was made to see 
that a raise and recognition of the organiza- 
tion was rather a part of his duty than a 
detriment to the owners. The service ren- 
dered by the organized body being far above 
that rendered by the unorganized. 

When the Pennsylvania case Is brought 
up by the O. R. T., are we going to be able 
to stand with the other railroads and show 
a strong membership in this organization, or 
are we going to let the opposition prove that 
the O. R. T. does not represent a majority 
on this line of railroad? There Is food for 
thought, you few nons better take warning; 
it is your interest at stake. The organiza- 
tion is going to secure results. Are you go- 
ing to prevent yourself from securing the 
benefits? ' Cert. 8186. 

Pittsburgh Division — 

We have entered on a new year. The old 
one is gone with its sorrows and joys, but 

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tt was eventful, nevertheleee. the O. R. T. 
setting a minimum of 1100.00 on most every 
road, and we are gettinir near that mark, aa 
the manacrement wants to keep pace with the 
other great trunk lines of the country. Con- 
sequently we grot another "hand-out" and 8 
hours in the superintendent's office, so we 
are getting nearer to a living wage and fair 
condition than ever before. When we think 
of making over |100, as we are doing in 
some instances, the operator can see that 
he is a real factor in industrial and com- 
mercial enterprises and avail himself of the 
O. R. T/s activities and get into the only 
organizaticm in the oountry that can do 
anythhig worth while for the railroad 
telegrapher. Don't think because the gov- 
enmient has taken the railroads over that 
it is going to hand out Increases without 
being asked for them; and then they will 
only be received by the men who have the 
influence of an international organization like 
the O. R. T. to demand Justice for Its mem- 
bers. Consider the O. R. T. as good an tai- 
vestment as the "Liiberty bonds" at 100 per 
cent, with millions back of it. When the 
company officials see that you mean business 
they will meet you with open arms. Now 
is the time to Join and through the organisa- 
tion voice your demands, while operators are 
scarce. The operators tpday are the most 
Important factor in keeping the trains mov- 

We were worked almost to exhaustion dur- 
ing the Xmas rush on account of the ter- 
rible cold weather and congested terminals. 
Now, boys, make a New Year's resolution that 
you will Join the O. R. T. and help the 
movement for better conditions similar to 
the one the B. ft O., Rock Island and South- 
em Pacific boys are enjoying. 

Remember, this is the one great oppor- 
tunity for us; let's accept it; thank our 
good general chairman, Bro. Miller, for his 
earnest work and pray that he may live to 
see the P. R. R. among the scheduled roads 
of America. 

Do not forget to remit your dues to Bra 
Wm. Skinner, 116 South Potomac Avenue, 
Baltimore, Md. 

Wishing you a happy New Tear cmd pros- 
perity. Cert. 1626. 

Schuylkill Division — 

Now that the United States Government 
has taken control of the railroads it is a 
matter of grave importance to the railroad 
telegraphers, especially on the Pensylvania 
System, because . there is absolutely nothing 
now in our way to prevent us from com- 
pellhig the Pennsylvania Railroad Company 
to do business with us through the O. R. T. 

Honorable W. O. McAdoo, director general 
of the railroads, has assured President Per- 
bam that we will be accorded the same "Just 

and fair" treatment as other organisations, 
and that the discrimination and coercion 
practiced against those who belong to or are 
in favor of the Order of Railroad Telegra- 
phers \7ill not be permitted. Tou are re- 
quested to send in a detciiled report to Presi- 
dent Perham, naming the official who con* 
tinues this practiee cmd the matter will be 
taken up with the director general imme- 
diately and the official treated aocordtngly. 
Bvery telegrapher on the Schuylkill and 
every other division must now "do his bit" 
towards thoroughly organising the Pennsyl- 
vania system in order that our grievances 
can be taken before the proper officials. The 
O. R. T. cannot represent the telegraphers 
on this or any other system If they are not 

We should now show our gratitude to the 
O. R. T. for what it has already done for us 
by Joining at once, as we all know had it 
not been for this organisation, conditions on 
the Pennsylvania system would have been 
intlnitely worse than they are. 

You wUl see the Schuylkill division repre- 
sented in this column every month. 


PhUadelphia Terminal Division — 

Our boys are still going to the front, John 
Boyer having left us shorUy after Christmas 
for Camp Meade, making about sixteen who 
have left this division, nearly all being in the 
Signal Corps and already in Ft-ance. 

We will need now, under government con- 
trol, an organization strong and solid to se- 
cure recognition for our craft, on the P. R. 
R. in dealing with wages, schedules and 
grievances before the Government Wage 
Board, as all wage agreements will probably 
be handled through the national head of the 
representative organisation concerned. 

It is urged that all operators and tower- 
men Join the O. R. T. at once. As govern- 
ment employes indirectly, they are free 
agents to Join without any fear of intimida- 
tion. These former methods cannot be prac- 
ticed any longer and we should take ad- 
vantage of this now and line up solid. The 
unsettled condition of labor is creating, dally, 
vast changes and unless we are prepared as 
a body to protect ourselves by orgranization, 
we will have to accept without any power to 
prevent it, whatever the result may be. 
Boys, pay your dues promptly, and get your 
neighbor non to Join, so we can become 
strong enough to re-establish the good old O. 
R. T. again on the P. R. R. We can then elect 
our own representatives, bring about con- 
genial fellowship among all our craft and 
remedy any unfavorable conditions which 
may from time to time arise, and make yo\ir 
motto : "Every member get a member," and 
continue until we have our old organization 
back with us again as strong as ever. 

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family. Chrt. 8078. 

West Jersey and Seashore Division — 

Everybody, pay up your dues and get in 
all the nons possible now that we are under 
government control so that our organization 
may bring our wants before the govern- 
ment tribunal which hsus charge of wage 
matters. Be sure to pay before February 
28th, thus remaining beneficial, and avoid 
signing the war waiver which you will be 
obliged to do If you become delinquent, 
especially if of draft age. 

If any of you are approached in regard 
to membership in the O. R. T. by the of- 
ficials, report it immediately to our general 
secretary and treasurer so it can be taken 
up with the proper authority. Yop have £ 
constitutional right to Join and belong to 
whatever organization you wish and no rail- 
road official has any right to question this, 
to coerce, or bulldoze you, or discriminate 
against you for taking advantage of that 
right, so now is your chance. 

Every man should take out a card and 
place our organization in a position to 
take our fight before the government of- 
ficials and get a schedule and representa- 
tion. It will not require very many more 
members to do this, but the more we have 
the better our case. Brothers, see that the 
nons attend to this at once; every day's de- 
lay may mean a lost opportunity. Strike 
while the iron is red. 

The government has already appointed a 
commission to hear the case of the other 
four brotherhoods because they are thor- 
oughly organized. , 

Ask Bro. Miller for application blanks ; 
everybody become an organizer and save the 
expense of national organizers. Qet after 
every non you know of, secure his applica- 
tion and send it with the money to Bro. 
W. M. Skinner, 115 South Potomac Street, 
Baltimore, Md. Those who have been mem- 
bers before will know what to do and can 
assist the new men in signing up. All the 
small raises we got are due to the activity 
of the O. R. T. getting revised sch^ules 
all around us. 

The B. & O. boys Just recently got a raise 
of about $20.00 per man extra for Sunday 
work and 15 days* vacation. Quite a few 
passenger trains have been discontinued, but 
there will be plenty of freights to keep us 
busy, and it is the duty of every telegra- 
pher on this system to give his very best 
service during the government operating 
period and show the officials that we are 
competent and worthy of our rights as men, 
and entitled to the same treatment as the 
other telegraphers in our territory. 

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Assignments : N. Liebes to "K" tempo- 
rarily, relieved by C. R, Strieker on "HN," 
Camden third ; W. F. Thompson to second 
"HN" on bid, leaving "UR" second on bid ; 
Roy Van Meter to second "SA" vice Frank 
C. Ackroyd, resigned ; Dave Praster to sec- 
ond r'leasantville, N. J., right at home. He 
should now make good his promise; Peter 
Chalk, a new man. to second Winslow Junc- 
tion, vice Stewart to relief Job on this divi- 
sion; J. H. Hurley to second "AD" Camden. 

D. R. Lee, Berlin, spent a few weeks 
South recently and brought back his wife 
who had been down there for several 

The raising of tracks at Westville power- 
house is nearing completion. 

Dnr. CoR. 

C, M. A St P. Ry., Div. No. 23. 

Kansas City Dififiaion — 

Bro. F. A. McCarthy, of Coburg, was 
quarantined out of his house while his 
brother "Jim" had the smallpox. 

Bro. A. J. Jones and wife, of Ottumwa, 
were recent over-Sunday visitors in Kansas 

Bro. F. A. McDonald, of East Bottoms 
took a trip to Iowa in January. 

Bro. C. N. Smith, of Washington second, 
spent the holidays with the homefolks in 
Missouri, relieved by Mr. Frogge. 

Bro. Allen's wife was quite sick for sev- 
eral dayB at Oladwin. 

Cone and Liiberty are now on an eight- 
hour basis. 

Owing to the heavy telegraphing at Am- 
ana, Bro. Fronmi has purchased a new bug. 

Robbers who attempted to rob the Q. O. 
& K. C. depot at Oault, beating up Agent 
J. A. Browning, the father of Bro. D. A. 
Browning of third Washington, were fright- 
ened way, later captured, identified by Mr. 
Browning, and are being held for trial. 

Bro. Jno. McEwan, agent Farson, la., 
while pulling a load of express unloaded 
frpm No. 8, slipped and fell, breaking his 
ankle, and will be off for a time. 

This division received its full share of the 
delays occasioned by the unusual cold 
weather and recent heavy snows. No Chi- 
cago train arrived in Kansas City for about 
three days on any railroad. 

Bro. Wilson, of Ottumwa is in the dis- 
patcher's office as a car distributor, tempo- 

One worthy brother volunteered some news 
items this month, but everyone else was 
bashfully silent. 

Another trick has been put on at Polo, 
relieving Agent Bro. Maytum of all tele- 
graph duties. 

Bro. A. C. EInglish at Ludlow has been 
in a ICansas City hospital for some time on 
account of an operation. 

Otto Schendel, an agent on this division 
for several years, the father of Oscar 
Schendel, recently operator at Newton, died 
at Columbus, Wis., January 20th. 

Bro. W. T. Schoonover was called to Wis- 
consin recently on account of the death of 
his father. 

Bro. Herbert O. Barnard, sergeant 13th 
engineers, U. S. Army, sends us a postal 
from Paris written Christmas day. He had 
a furlough to stay several days in the French 

Assignments : Second trick Bidwell to W. 
C. Brown; Ottuihwa to Bro. W. I. Wendell; 
third Ottumwa Junction to J. L. Pogue; 
Williamsburg to S. E. Moore; Liberty to 
Bro. r. K. Carey; fourth Ottumwa Junction 
to Bro. J. V. Tuomey. 

New time card changes eliminated the 
"due" run between Ottumwa and Laredo as 
a war economy. 

J. V. TuoMBT, Div. Cor. 

Dubuque Division — 


Receipts Expenses 

January, 1916 | 4.60 | 6.32 

April, 1916 6.25 5.88 

October, 1916 6.20 5.26 

May, 3917 4.90 6.30 

August, 1917 4.20 6.83 

Deficit l.h 

126.68 126.63 

Dubuque Division — |f 

Bro. C. W. Potters, Guttenburg, taken 
quite sick early in January was removed to 
Rochester, Minn., hospital, relieved by Bro. 
Dwark, and he on second by Bro. Sturm, 
leaving Turkey River a one-man station un- 
til Bro. Petters resumes work. 

Bros. Harry Phipps and W. F. Rowan, 
Harpers Ferry, resigned ; Bro. McGrath, re- 
turning to third from leave of absence; Mc- 
B^adden, i. & D. division, to second tempo- 

Lansing, Harpers Ferry and Clayton 
third taken off temporarily owing to coal 
shortage, making business slack. 

Bro. Hurley, agent at LaCrescent, went to 
Caledonia January 14th to appear against 
a boy 19 years old, who robbed the station 
there of about |9.00 the previous Saturday, 
and was arrested by the LaCrosse police de- 

Brothers, the few nons on the main line 
between Specht's Ferry and Smiths received 
back time checks, and the beijeflt of our new 
Digitized by VjOOQIC 

The Railroad Telegrapher. 

now drawing from 
th extra and it Is 
- to line these men 
'avora" in effect to 

our new members, 
'^olga City on vaca- 

umed on third Gor- 
onths' leave work- 

us tied up during 

Cbrt. 999. 

Division : 

irery substantial in- 
>-day month which 
>8 to obtain. The 
110.00 a month for 

lade in a spirit of 
e are "merely hu- 
e been made and 
:hat his or her po- 
nough will be do- 
as well as them- 
lust what the con- 
^me error may not 

I company that we 
B consideration ac- 
►est service we are 

:o me recently that 
'e the dispatchers 
lumber of stations 

the wire. While 
busy all the time, 
1 should not exist, 
t our special busi- 

> working for the 
uld do all in our 
;iency of the serv- 

leave the service 
[>le notice so that 
lied before being 

negotiations were 
you have all been 
tialf of your first 
to replenish our 
i back time and a 
should be no hesi- 
^one to do this. 

have been viola- 
Ich have not been 
)f the local chair- 
id therefore have 
s has caused un- 
7 of you know or 
iir schedule, please 

call my attention to it. so that I may see 
that it is properly adjusted. Read your 
schedule carefully and see that you receive 
what you are entitled to under, the new 
rule and scale. If In doubt on any point 
write either Bro. Soyster or myself and we 
will be pleased to advise you. 

There are still a few nons among us 
and new men are coming and going all 
the time. Find out If the man working 
with you or next has an "up-to-date." If 
not, try to line him up or advise me and 
let me have a fling at him. I can do my 
best, but co-operation is essential to our 
success and everyone of us should take a 
vital interest in our welfare. 

Remember our motto,. "No card, no fa" 
vovh/* live up to it, co-operate, and we will 
have the Trans-Missouri Division 100 per 
cent in a short time. 

O. E. Leiohtt^ Local Chairman. 

Trana-MisBouri DioiBion Notea — 

Bro. G. E. Leighty, loca) chairman, tem- 
porarily relieved on third Bowman by Joe 
Paul from New EIngland. 

On vacation: l^ro. R. B. Houck, relieved 
by Wilf ong on first Mcintosh. We are all glad 
to see M. R. Bennett on second at Molntoeh 
after an absence of three years. We hope 
soon to be able to call him brother again. 
Sister Florence Holmes, third Mcintosh, on 
an extended leave, relieved by Bro. Jt^-dan. 

F. E. Frankenburger bid in McLaughlin 
agency vice Bro. R. A. Chase, resigned, also 
on leave and retaining seniority rights. 

Bro. J. H. Fletcher, third McLaughlin, has 
returned from a trip to Chicago and the 
Twin Cities, relieved by Mrs. E. M. Schaef- 
fer. Bister of Bro. E. C. Weatherly, of 
Walker, now visiting at her home In Bill- 
ings, Mont Bro. Carney is on first Mc- 
Laughlin pending bulletin, vice Bro. B. Q. 
Howard to side table Mobridge, dispatcher's 
office. J. P. Pullen on second McLaughlin, 
relieving Bro. Came^. 

When Bro. L. C. Somers can carry an 
up-to-date O. R. T. card, although In the 
train servisce, the nons on this division 
should be ashamed to take the Increases and 
benefits secured by the Order and do noth- 
ing to help get them. 

Mrs. H. J. Kail, wife of Bro. Kail, Moreau 
Junction, is in the hospital In Rochester, 

Bro. A. S. Klrby, after a year In the tele- 
graph service on the C. P. R., has returned 
and has taken a position as locomotive fire- 
man on this division and still carries a card. 

I hope no one will fail to send tai the 
half of their first month's Increase as re- 
quested by Bro. Soyster, 

CntT. 8S7. 

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Thb Railroad Telegrapher. 


Columbia and Idaho DivifUma — 

Bro. Beeman is back at Kittitas after a 
lengthy visit East 

Corfu, the center of electrification energies 
at present, is a pretty busy t^lace, and two 
tricks have been established there so Bro. 
Stahl won't have his rest disturbed nights 

Two new tricks have been added at War* 
den so Bro. Vickers won't have to sleep 
with his boots on now. 

Bro. Olmstead, agent Boylston, is on vaca- 
tion, relieved by an extra man. The work 
there should ease up a bit, now that Rye 
is a continuous office. 

Bro. F. J. Washburn, wire chief, Maiden, 
resumed work after a health-seeking trip to 
Chicago, gaining considerable in weight. 

Bro. Chambers, extra at "M" several 
months, has returned to Detroit. We would 
like to have had htm stick, but he said 
"the monotony got on his nolves." Dis- 
patcher K. C. Peterson has been promoted 
to chief dispatcher, vice W. J. Jordan, as- 
signed other duties. R. E. Kenyon, extra 
dispatcher from the Ewt, has gone back to 
Minneapolis after a month's work at Mai- 
den. Bxtra Wire Chief A. E. Latto is sec- 
ond trick dispatcher there now. 

Bro. P. Taylor at Rosalia ever since the 
big wind, has bid In Beverly agency and in- 
tends taking his depot with htm. We won- 
der what Bro. Hayes will do for a depot 

Bro. Fred Beal. on Spokane side table for 
a number of years, has been promoted to 
train dispatcher there. ESveryone is glad to 
hear of Fred's promotion. He has been a 
hard worker and deserves it. C. H. Coplen 
succeeds him. 

Lavlsta nights opened by Miss L. H. TIl- 
ser pending bids. 

Other assignments: C. J. Loomis, Meta- 
llne Falls; B, B. *^eeman, third Kittitas. 
Vacancies: Second Kittitas and Rosalia; 
third Tekoa; agency Plummer; first, second 
and third Rye; second and third Corfu, and 
Warden and Lavlsta nights. 

New members : D. T. Myler, Spokane side 
table; Wm. Snure, Metaline Falls; Howard 
M. Lambert, lone ; Chas. A. Martin and John 
L. Jaynes, Newport, with the rest of the 
boys on the L & W. N. promising to line up. 
Our local chairman has a big territory in 
the two divisions, with the new positions 
created, and without the support of the mem- 
bers will have a hard time keeping jl line 
on everything. Everybody get busy and 
let's clean up all the nons and delinquents 
by July first. Cbrt. 614. 

Ktfsteto^II Division — 

New members: W. C. Liner, first Elso; 
P. B. Irvine, agent Plevna; George W. 
Hadcett, third Calabar; Frank L. Corcoran, 

first Forsyth ; Mrs. H. Piggott, second La- 
vina; C. J. Piggott, third Waldheim; J. R. 
Wallace, third Miles City yard; A. Owens, 
acting agent Carterville; Harold Jones, sec- 
ond CarterviUe; Extra T. J. Kelly, second 

With the schedule recently effected there 
is no excuse for any man not Joining the 
Order now. Letter after letter has been 
written to non-members who have been here 
some time enjoying the benefits we have se- 
cured for them, always ready to step up and 
ask for *'back pay," but never do a thing 
towards securing it. Every man on the line 
will now be given a fair chance, and may 
then expect the ^orse. 

Bro. H. E. Keltner. Division 126. third 
Musselshell, and Bro. S. K. Candor, Division 
119 third Sumatra, have been transferred to 
this division and we welcome them among 

Bro. C. A. Spurting, who bid in late night 
chief at Roundup, is taking care of the 
west sub. now. 

Local Chairman Sasser- has moved from 
Mildred to third Forsyth. 

Bro. J. F. Hayes relieved at Sumatra by 
C. D. PIckard, second Ingomar, relieved. 
Bro. Harvey D. Carpenter, agent at Baker 
(for a long time), resigned on account of 
falling health. We are sorry to lose Bro. 
"Carp." and hope that the change will do 
him good. 

•'MC?** relay office is now open. Bro. Doh- 
erty, chief, Bro. Malle, first assistant chief 
and Bro. "Tug" Wilson, operator. 

Bro. H. E. Keas, extra, has resigned and 
gone to Dubuque, Iowa. 

Bro. Blazek, is back on third Baker after 
a month's illness, relieved by Marmon, a 
new man, to Melstone. 

Assignments not heretofore noted : A. B. 
Washburn to Geneva, vice Bro. C. L. Burke 
to Shaemut ; S. K. Candor, to third Sumatra. 
Second tricks — A. Frelick to Ismay, J. H. 
Sasser to Carterville, C. J. Jones to Ingomar, 
C. T. Plumb to Sumatra, R. A. Clevenger 
to Roundup, and W. A. Johnson to Lavina. 

Ctot. 2716. 

Western Suv-Diviaion, Mueselahell Division — 
"Like getting money from home" was that 
back pay and the raise just a few days 
before Christmas ; It amounted to around 
$50.00 per capita. Thanks, Bro. Sasser, the 
general committee, the Milwaukee Railway, 
General Superintendent Foster and all con- 
cerned. It was a nice "hit," timely and op- 
portunely placed. 

Bro. Keltner, third Musselshell, is one of 
the first on the division to get up-to-date to 

I^ocal Chairman Sasser aided the general 
committee, the other local chairmen and the 
general superintendent distribute the ralie 

Digitized by 


'he Railroad Telegrapher. 

he division at 
X)ys, the "OS" 
belong to the 
If, for per- 
r etc., you pre- 
then you may 
e full average 
the man liold- 
>red when the 

to third Elso, 
gus to third 
been relieving 
tage first, and 
sick leave, to 
er, having his 
leet," has bid 

rided a Christ- 
O. R. T., con- 
the eight-hour 
itributing any- 
them no rest 

Cbrt. 2716. 

ills, and wife 
L trip to West 
than they ex- 
veather condl- 

J, on the T. & 
ness wi^h his 
7e hate to see 
leave us, but 
the boys can 
He was suc- 

:, visited his 
a few days 

r. & E. would 
I to Box 267, 
:e bunch from 
eight Many 
Cert. 1330. 

washouts, the 
ice December 

washed away 

ision 53, who 

on owing to 
was later re- 
ntil all train 
hat trick was 
s at Monroe, 
er when work 
[ughes, extra, 
ers to second, 
lish, went to 
IV ed by O. L. 

Wheeler until Bro. A. G. Melin from agency 
Ranier was checked in. 

Our new schedule received, and from the 
increase in wages and other concessions, it 
would almost seem that some of the nons 
would **take a hunch" and "do their bit," 
as they accepted everything In sight Just as 
quickly as the contributors. 

Cbrt. 106S. 

Mobile A Ohio R. R., Div. No. 24. 

St. Louis District— 

Following letters are self-explanatory: 
Bro. Murdkugh Is highly pleased with his 
desk and we are all glad. A small balance 
left after the desk was purchased was 
handed to him to do with as he "saw fit," 
and no doubt during these times he can "see 
fit." The desk was given the brother as a 
Christmas present and the amount raised by 
popular subscription on the St, Louis divi- 

"Jackson, Tbnn, December 24, 1917. 
"Dear Brother Murdaugh — We, the oper- 
ators and agent-operators of the St. Louis 
Division, wish to present this desk to you to 
show you our appreciation of your faithful, 
untiring and very efficient work as local 
chairman of the Order of Railroad Telegra- 

"Please accept it with our best wishes for 
a happy Christmas and prosperous New 

"Yours fraternally, 
"H. L. Bradley, J. U. Overall, Jr., J. B. 
Luton, A. Dowlino and G. T. Tbaotje, 


"Jackson, Tenn., December 28, 1917. 
"Messrs. H. L. Bradley, J. U. Overall, Jr., 
J. E. Luton, A. Dowlino and G. T. 
Teague, Committee. 
"Dear Sirs and BrotheSs : 

"I desire through The Telegrapher to ex- 
press my great appreciation and sincere 
thanks to you and the brothers of the St. 
Louis Division for the beautiful and valuable 
desk which was received on Christmas morn- 

"Kindly send a copy of this letter to The 
Telegrapher to appear in the next number. 
"With best wishes, I am, 

"Yours fraternally, 

"L. T. Murdaugh, 

"General Chairman." 

Business was very dull during December 
and January on account of weather condi- 

There are several grievances being 
handled which we hope will be settled to 
the satisfaction of and with justice to all 
concerned. Div. Cor. 

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"Cotton Belt" Ry., DIv. No. 27. 

Brothers, if you haven't your card for the 
current term, get it at once, for your gen- • 
eral committee will soon go before the man- 
agement for a schedule revision and we all 
know by being up-to-date we can expect 
more money and. better conditions. We are 
looking forward to a good increase this time 
and toe surely need it. 

If the brother working with you is not In 
possession of his. new card, ask him to remit 
the necessary amount at once to the under- 
signed, as the 60 days' limit expires Feb- 
ruary 28th. 

Other organizations have recently gotten 
an increase because the members keep their 
dues up to date and give their committee a 
100 per cent backing. If we all do our 
duty and stand for a 30 or 40 per cent 
increase and take nothing less, we can get 
it The companjr's voluntary increase Jan- 
uary 1, 1918, has nothing to do with our 
asking for what we ought^ to have, so let's 
all get busy and do our best to line up 
every non on the system. The other brother- 
hoods get what they ask for because their 
members don't drop out when things don't 
go to suit them and the men in their line 
of work never have to be begged to Join the 
Order like most of our craft. As soon as 
they become eligible they join. Let's pat- 
tern after them and work together like an 
army of trained men and results will come 
quickly. It is now Bros. T. P. Qarrard, 
Greenway, Ark. ; F. S. Foster, Purdon, and 
H. P. Pittman, Hamilton. Texas. Several 
more have promised to line up soon. It Is 
encouraging to see the applications coming 
in — ^let 'em come, brothers, I will manage 
to take care of them properly. 

I have appointed Bro. H. E. Chism, of 
Fomfelt, Mo., correspondent for district, 
Jonesboro to Illmo, in connection with his 
duties as assistant local chairman and here- 
after you will please send him any items 
you wish to see appear in Turn Txlbqrapher. 
You will favor me by giving him all the 
help you possibly can, so we may have an 
interesting write-up each month. I would 
also be glad to see the other districts rep- 
resented in every issue as it does most of 
us lots of good to read what the brothers 
are doing away from home. 

Bro.. Benn^t, of St. Francis third, was 
off few nights recently sick, causing Agent 
. Morgan and the writer to work 12 hours 
each. Bro. Wilkinson, Jonesboro third, sick 
several days, was relieved by a south end 
man. Bro. A. L. Webb is on second Fom- 
felt pending bulletin, Bro. Flsk having bid 
in Fargo agency. Bro. Washington is at 
Greenway agency pending bids. 

Brothers, when you bid on vacancies, mail 
a carbon copy of your bids to your local 
chairman so he may check them and see 

that the right man is assigned. Don't for- 
get to assist Bro. Chism with a good write- 
up each month. 

C. B. Wblch, G. S. & T.. Cert. 2. 
Waco Division — 

We now have a system division which we 
all have been wanting so long and should 
quit dreaming and wishing for things and 
do something. First, we should all agree to 
pay 11.00 per month to support a traveling 
general grievance and organiser, to devote 
his entire time to the interest of the mem- 
bers of Division No. 27 and build it up to 
what it should be. Looking after the va- 
rious grievances of the members would take 
quite a burden from our local chairman's 
shoulders and I am going to nominate Bro. 
C. B. Welch, our general secretary and 
treasurer, for the Job. His headquarters 
should be at Texarkana, on half-way 
ground, where he would be in a better posi- 
tion to serve the entire system. 

Let every man at once send Bro. Welch 
60 cents each to buy a roll top desk and 
typewriter for this work, to remain as the 
property of Division No. 27, as It will always 
be needed by that officer, whoever he may 

I have not received any sugrgestlons of 
any kind from Bro. Welch about th« travel- 
ing position or the desk and tsnpewriter. 

We should get ready now to ask for a 
revision of our schedules. The |5.00 a 
month increase given part of the teleg- 
raphers the first of the year should have 
been 126.00. The section foremen received 
a 110.00 increase, which places them above 
the average; operator in pay. 

I regret that I cannot give any changes 
as I have not received a bulletin for over a 
month, except three from Mr. Richard's 

We should have about ten good, live cor- 
respondents appointed on the Cotton Belt 
System, men who will not fail to send in 
the news each month. 

P. D. N., Cert. 41. 

Seaboard Air Line Ry., Div. No. 28. 

Georgia Division — 

Everything is moving on very nicely here 
and the men are well pleased with the new 
contract effective December 1st last. 

Bro. and Mrs. J. A. Guthrie celebrated 
their twenty-fifth anniversary at Cross Hill, 
S. C, on Thursday evening, December 27th, 
from 8 to 11 o'clock. 

The entire house was beautifully decorated 
in holly, mistletoe, ferns ahd cut flowers. 

Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Simmons met the 
guests at the door and introduced them to 
the receiving line, at the head of which stood 
the bride and groom of twenty-five years. 
Mrs. Guthrie gowned in silver grey, carry- 
ing white carnations and ferns. 

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The Bailroad Teleobaphsr. 

were: Mr. James Guthrie, 

fh, of Greensboro, N. C. ; 

H. Nance, Mr. and Mrs. 

>om Mrs. Earnest Milliner 
Seaman received and the 
ed salad by Misses Helen 
i Hilt, after which the ice 
ed in the dining-room by 
dman and Clara Weekes. 
had as central decoration 
i; cake with bride's roses, 
was a profusion of ivy, 

abons were served in the 

Miss Eloise Guthrie, of 

^ho wore a dress of silver 

ulle; her flowers were pink 

imer presided at the piano 

e Rudd sweetly sang "I 


leparted Miss Vivian Vance 

^ors, tiny silver bells and 

lilver were handsome and 

First Chester to Bro. Orr, 
t. Lawn agency by Bro. 
9wer from the shops to a 
rintendent's office. Bro. H. 

Jacksonville, Ala., died re- 
Lgency is now on bid. 
grent Wazhaw, is still in 
; relieved by Sister Mrs. 
pe for his speedy recovery, 
r of night men have been 
the line in order to take 
liially heavy traffic. Boys, 
closely; we are handling a 

troop trains and govem- 
id the dispatchers need us 
ir the road. Recently an 
ischarged for failing to 

causing delay to a troop 
)cal chairman handled the 
chief dispatcher and sue- 
him reinstated, 
fact that we now have one 
) scales in the South and 
9d nice increases effective 
is hoped that one and all 
" and show the company 
officers that we appreciate 
id us. 

»n the 8-hour day and 16 
iiring the year and if we 
get pay for the time and 
' 75 cents with an increase 
26 per cent, which is cer- 
's "hats off" to the general 
i part it played so persist- 

you are busy, but let us 
every month and let the 

other boys know we are on the map. 

Cbrt. 620. 

Alabama Division — 

Bro. R. J. Cannon is back on second Col- 
lins, having been honorably discharged from 
the army. 

Bro. R. L. Wood, first Vidalia, has accepted 
position as car clerk in chief dispatcher's 
office, vice Bro. L. S. Kennebrew, goins* to 
Jacksonville on trick dispatcher's Job. "We 
regret losing Bro. Kennebrew, but glad to 
hear of his promotion. 

Ellabelle agency closed a few dayB 'while 
Bro. « Williams went to Americus to second 
there, and first Vidalia on bulletin. Mr. 
Tawn, a new man on the former, requested 
an application blank at once. 

Regret to hear of the illness of Bro. Gk>re, 
agent Collins, and Chief Dispatcher Schum- 
pert. We wish both a speedy rec overy. 

Bros. Guest and Wilson, second and third 
dispatchers, doubled while Bra Sutton, first 
dispatcher acted as chief, and Bro. R. F. 
Featherstone, from "SA," was dlspatchlnsr a 
few days. 

Changes have been made at Saaser, Omaha 
and Hanncn, but have not learned the de- 

I wouJ^l be glad If each member would 
look out for such news Items and adWse 
me, so we could improve in our write-up. 

Now that we have received our back pay 
for October and November, I trust no one 
has neglected to send Bro. Cummings one- 
fourth of the first month's increase to defray 
the expenses of our committee, and put our 
division back on a strong financial basis. I 
hope each one has paid his insurance pre- 
mium and Order dues, so we will have no 
delinqueni members on this division. Keep 
up with the new men as they come, and get 
them lined up. Drop Bro. Tidwell, or myself 
a line, and will see that they are furnished 
blanks at once. 

Bro. E. E. Wood, from the Postal, a 
brother of R. Li. Wood, Vidalia, Is on third 

- Bro. Bowen, agent Abbeville, is the proud 
father of a fine boy, whom we hope wHl 
grow up tu be as fine a man as his father. 
H. K Cabtbr^ Cert 142S. 

North CaroUna Division — 

The boys are all well pleased with the 
work of the committee, and the back time^ 
coming as it did the day before Christmas, 
was very much appreciated. We have the 
176.00 minimum at last but with the pres- 
ent cost of living we haven't much yet Let's 
show our appreciation of what we did get 
by our services to the company, and our 
loyalty to the grand old Order. 

The agent who was so patriotic that he 
was going to remain at work In case of a 
strike, should donate his Increase to the Red 
Cross. Dishonor has its own reward. 

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Of the two train dispatchers on the hran^ 
line, who accepted the company's offer of 
$160.00, while their brother dispatchers were 
only maklncr 1146.00, one has been made 
chief, and the other given first trick. *The 
wicked flourish like a green bay tree," etc 
In the end they have no protection, an'd the 
company has more respect for a loyal Order 
man. Nobody loves a slacker. We were 
all deeply grieved at the death of Bro. Gib- 
son, of Rockin£:ham. 

Bro. Mitchell, first inck Monroe, on leave 
of absence, is working a trick as dispatcher 
with the F. E. C, at New Smyrna, Fla. 
May Success attend you "Joe.'* 

We regret losing our genial chief, Mr. 
C Lb Sanes, but rejoice in his promotion to 
trainmaster. Mr. T. P. Wells is our chief 
now, and a better man never trod shoe 
leather. Our dispatchers are: Bros. Currie, 
Ea>ey and Olive, working "R" and "A," and 
Bros. Robinson, Windham and Shoemaker, 
working "C" and "K". Bro. Clark, night 
chief dispatcher. 

Assignments: First tricks — Bro. Brigman 
to Wadesboro, exchanging with Bro. Causey, 
who relieved him on second Wlngate; Bra 
Oynter to McBee, relieved on agency there 
by R Mears; Rockingham to Bro. O. W. 
Fisher; Columbia to Bro. Lowman, third 
Camden. Second tricks — Bostic yard to Bro. 
G. B. Harrell; Navassa to Waddell; Aber- 
deen to Bra Fre<i; Bean a new man to 
Kearser. Third tricks — Marshville to Church, 
later to Keyser; Wadesboro to Bro. Carroll; 
Southern Pines to Bro. J. D. Jones; Marston 
to Bro. B. H. Mossly; Hilton Bro. E. W. 
Kennedy; Cheraw to Bro. R. L. Farris, from 
first Monroe; Navassa to Waddell; Monroe 
to Bro. Allen, from first there. Agencies — 
Clarkton to Bro. Farris, from second Liles- 
viUe; car clerk, chief dispatchers' oflSce, Bro. 
Breese; vice T. D. Simmons, to assistant 
yardmaster at Cayce; Bro. Edwards to re- 
port clerk. 

On sick list — Bro. Hildreth, second 
McBee, Bros. Gunter and Pennington 
doubling: Bro. Ross, agent Blaney, Frink 
relieving; Bro. Maynard second Lemon 
Springs, case of mumps ; Bro. Gunter, second 
Apex. Bros. Wren and Holllman doubling; 
Bra Allen second Pee Dee, Waddell reliev- 
ing; Bro. Fletcher, third Cayce, Bros. Merri- 
ken and Rhyne doubling; Bro. Gaston, third 
Wadesboro. office closed, also Marshville sev- 
eral nights, owing to the scarcity of oper- 
ators ; Bro. Royal, agent Lilesville, Bro. Far- 
ris relieving; Bro. Rivers, Columbia, with 
measles. Bros. Butler and Bradt doubling; 
Bro. Rhyne, first Cayce, Bros. Merrlken and 
Fulcher doubling, also Bro. Olive, third Cam- 
eron and Bro. Gunter, second Apex, several 
days, Bro. Tom Womble worked second to 
help out; Bro. Cowan, first Hamlet yard, off 
both on account of illness and a wedding; 
Bro. Allen. Marshville, who relieved Bro. 

Limerick, third Monroe, owing to illness In 
his family, later called home on account of 
sickness, was relieved by Bro. Harrall, from 
Bostice yard, relieved at Vass by Byrd, a 
new man. 

Bros. AUen and Harrel doubled while Bro. 
Jenks, second Monroe, was filling out his 

Bro. Holmes, agent Councils, was a recent 
visitor at Hamlet. 

With the number of jobs on bulletin there 
is no trouble getting a regular Job on this 
division now. 

Bro. Weather, Hamlet, and Bro. Hughes, 
first Peachland, spent Christmas at home, 
former relieved by our old time friend, 
"Spooney" Wallace. 

Brothers, keep after the man next to you, 
the non. "No card, no favor b." 

Let's have a big meeting at Hamlet, and 
a banquet, and have a good man appointed 
for this Job. There is no reason why we 
should not have a good write-up every 
month. CiBT. 1678. 

MiMouri Pacific R. R. Div. No. 31. 
Joplin Division — 

Assignments: F. M. Evans to Joplin first; 
Arnold to Butler third, vice Greenlee to 
Rich HIU third. Second tricks— B. Gay to 
Pittsburg, C. M. Harris to Horton, vice 
S. T. Downs, from the S. P. & S. on the 
Coast; Harris later to Mound City agency; 
C. R. Smith to Sheldon, Bro. M. E. Smith 
to Harrisonville, Bro. H. J. Hougland from 
Lamar to Horton agency. I have appointed 
him my assistant on the L. ft S. side. If 
any brother will put him next to the nons, 
he will do the necessary. 

Mound City and Richards agencies, Joplin 
second and third, Butler and Rich Hill third, 
Cornell first and Athol nights are up for 

This division recently lost two good men — 
Bro, R. L. Rader, Mound Clt3^, who went 
into a bank, and Bro. C. D. Springer, of 
Richards, who went into the mercantile 
business, both in their home towns. We 
wish them success and hope they will re- 
tain their memberships in the Order. 

Bro. C^vans Is at "X" Nevada, relieved 
on Joplin first by Nunn from Cornell; Bro. 
Bone relieving Bro. Wood, "X" Nevada, re- 
lieving Jury on car desk, trying out a dis- 
patcher's trick on the T. ft P. in Texas; 
Bro. S. E. Heney Is on second Joplin pend- 
ing bulletin: F. J. Cassldy, third Joplin, has 
gone to "the Frisco." relieved by Church 
from Webb City. 

Bro. T. M. Wolfe was relieved by " Bro. 
Plain on second Butler a few days on ac- 
count of sickness. 

Bros. Hawkins and Hauver. now in army 
cantonments, write to the home boys that 
they are enjoying army life to the full and 

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Assignments: Bro. Snyder from "GM" to 
"BU," vice Bro. Frank McDonald, enlisted 
with "Uncle Sam" and stationed at Phila- 
delphia; Desarc agency bid to Bro. Way- 
land; Hendrickson agency to Coyne; Dexter 
days to Bro. Ross; third WilliamsviUe (new), 
to Tyler. 

. Harviell dejiot was completely destroyed by 
Are last month, the discovery being made 
by Bro. Carter, after the Are was so far 
under headway that it could not be put out. 
Bro. Jackson's tjrpe writer was destroyed. 

Bro. Max Jones, turned down account his 
wei^rht four or five times trying to get In 
the navy and army, -has been accepted as a 

Bro. C. A. Johnston. Vineland. had both 
his ears frozen and Bro. Murty. Riverside, 
his fingers frozen during one of our real 
cold spells while grabbing seals; 

There have been a great many changes 
during the last few months, but none re- 
ported; have never received an item of news 
from any brother, and it's impossible for me 
to get them all. 

Bro. Nickles has been kept busy check- 
ing men in and out at Middlebrook the last 
three months, there having been five agents 
there since October. The salary of 142.00 
per don't seem to appeal to them. 

On account of heavy business an extra set 
of dispatchers has been put back on the 
south end, working between Poplar Bluff 
and Hoxie the same as heretofore. 

Our friend Clarence Dicus, car distributor 
at Poplar Bluff, was married on January 5tb 
to Miss Lena Pearl Hardey of that city. 
We extend congratulations to the happy 
couple. Cbht. 1129. 

Memphis DhJision — 

No write-up from this division the past 
two months, and no items received. 

Bro. Moore, "MR" third, has gone to the 
hospital Bro. FfSanagan relieving, and Mr. 
Blakey to Watson, days. 

Bro. Blackburn, who, while out gunning, 
shot himseur in the hip. Is recovering rapidly. 

Sister Mills, Lexa third, and E^nglneer Car- 
son, stole a march on their friends a few 
days ago and were married. Congratula- 

Bro. Richardson, New Augusta, has had 
the misfortune to lose both of his childi^n 
the past thirty days. He has the sympathy 
of alL 

Only a few nons left on the division; any- 
one who does not know who they are, drop 
me a line. 

Our committee will be. up in a few days. 
The best way we can assist it is by paying 
our current dues at once. 

H. Brigos^ L. C. 

WhUe River Division — 

On bulletin, Branson, Buffa o. Sulphur 
Rock and Bergman, agencies; Bro. O. H. 
Collins, we have a sneaking idea, is going 
to punching cattle for his brother "Some- 
where in Colorado." 

Bro. H. H. Green, from Buffalo, has bid 
in Guion agency. 

Bro. B. R. Allen, from Sulphur Rock, goes 
to Bergman agency; vice Bro. P. B. For- 
rester, back to Ruddels, where he can catch 
the shining bass from the beautiful, spark- 
ling White River, incidentally handling many 
cars of lime for the thriving little lime kiln 
located there. 

Train Dispatcher Moss went to Springfield 
recently, to look at a dispatching Job with 
the Frisco, but was too late, the place hav- 
ing been filled. Bro. Laizure relieved him; 
relieved at "CO" by Potter, from Crane. 

Everybody get after that next door neigh- 
\yoT non, and give him no rest until he 
lines up. 


P. L. Nelson, 
First and Second Trick Ojjerators, 
Crane, Mo. 

Providence Div. No. 35, O. R. T. 


WhbreaSj Our Heavenly Father, in His 
infinite wisdom, has chosen to call to His 
reward the beloved father of our esteemed 
Local Chairman, Bro. G^eorge E. Joslln, and 

Whbrsas, We bow our heads in humble 
submission to Him who doeth all things well ; 
be It 

Resolved, That the members of Provi- 
dence Division No. 86, Order of Railroad 
Telegraphers, tender our heartfelt sympathy 
to the bereaved brother and his family in 
this houf of grief; and be it further 

Resolvedf That a copy of these resolu- 
tions be forwarded to the beloved brother, 
a copy spread on the minutes of this division, 
and a copy sent to The Telsoraphbr for 

P. I. Farley, 

M. C. SiPPLE, 



Whereas, Almighty God in His infinite 
wisdom, has chosen to call from our midst 
the beloved father of our genial Secretary 
and Treasurer, Bro. David M. Callis, and 

Whereas, In silent obedience we know 
the Master will not fail to reward his many 
noble deeds; be It 

Resolved, That the members of Provi- 
dence Division No. 35, Order of Railroad 
Telegraphers, extend their heartfelt sympathy 
to the bereaved brother; and be it further 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolu- 

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our Heavenly 
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^lef and fra- 

bers of New 
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sorrowing wife 

sincere and heartfelt sympathy In their sad 
bereavement ; and be it further 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolu- 
tions be forwarded to the bereaved wife, a 
copy spread upon the minutes of the division, 
and a copy be forwarded to Tas Tklbo- 
RAPHSB for publication. 

B. Frank Webb^ 
Thos. Bennwtt, 

J. L. lifARTIN^ 

/ Com,mittee. 

Baltimore A Ohio R. R., Div. No. 33. 
Indiana Division — 

The foremost question in the minds of 
many is the effect upon labor of govern- 
ment railway control. 

Although the profits of labor still termi- 
nate in the hands of the private corpora- 
tions, and the action of the government is 
apparently limited to management of ereneral 
trafldc, the former ofldcials of the private 
systems are still retained, and I fail to see 
any chang*^ in the status of things, in so ftir 
as labor *s concerned. 

While the family name of a man may 
represent generations of great ancestors, the 
character of the individual dei>ends entirely 
upon himself. Consequently, any point 
at difference with an official does not nee*- 
essarily indicate disrespect for the govern- 
ment. While on the other hand, the mere^ 
placing of the government's name above 
that of a private corporation cannot be con- 
strued to perfect the faults of such a cor- 
poration in their treatment of labor, although 
better results on the basis of justice mi^t 
be expected in the termination of a settle- 

The base labor rate of an industrial estab- 
lishment doubled In the course of ten years. 
However, the cost of living more than 
doubled in a i>eriod of only three years. 

Mr. Albert W. Atwood, in an article on 
taxation in the Saturday Evening Post, says : 
''However unreliable the figures may be, that 
purport to show that two per cent of the 
population own sixty-five per cent of the 
wealth, the fact is conceded by all that there 
is at least a tremendous congestion of 
wealth at the top, so to speak." 

That these people have amassed their 
fortunes through toil and fair returns from 
savings invested is considered by many to 
be a Joke. However, the result of such a 
congestion of wealth in the hands of a few 
serves to literally deprive many of necessi- 
ties required for existence. 

In correcting this evil the foremost 
agencies in the field today are the labor 
unions. The lives they save, and the vast 
number yel to be saved, can be seen in the 
census report on fatalities among the chil- 
dren of low rated wage earners, as corn- 

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pared with the Catalitles amons those able 
to afford the very beet 

The possession of a union card is a noble 
thing In the life of a human. The man 
who carries it does more than light his own 
battles. He prepares the field for genera- 
iton after generation to come, and lays the 
foondatiOQ for a better nation. 

The principles of the men on the Indiana 
Division €ure to be hold in esteem by men 
the world over. That in their midst should 
be a man like Henry Massman. at Bedford, 
is to be regretted. Still Indifferent and un- 
able to comprehend the good to be done and 
advantages gained with a union card. Yet 
his business associates are men held high 
in the respect of their fellow-men. 

Bro. Strang, agent Osgood, is seriously ill 
with blood poisoning and pneumonia. All 
over the division anxiety is felt over his con- 
dition, cmd the men all wish for his hasty 

Bro. DaUas Carter, Milan third. Is in the 
west with his wife on account of her fail- 
ing health. The boys certainly miss Dallas, 
and wish for his wife's speedy recovery. 

Joe, at North Vernon, working first a few 
day?, was badly missed on third, for the 
entertainment he furnishes. 

The meeting at the Qrand Hotel, Cincin- 
nati, on January 22nd, rounded up all the 
old acquaintances of the wire, and tales of 
life in the loneliness filled the air. 

Div. CoE., Cert 1886. 

Members Cleveland Division: 

N. E. Reese has left the rubber hulustrles, 
and Is with us agaip; F. S. Jackson has also 
come bacic, and still we can use four or five 
good men, as several more offices are to be 
opened up. 

Our new schedule is a good one; the Sun- 
day pay is a move in the right direction as 
we have been working Sunday all these 
years for nothing. 

Our committee won a hard fight, and de- 
serves lota of credit It has done its part 
and we must do ours. Remit your dues 
promptly, so when I get my list from Bra 
Shaffer there will not be a delinquent on 
it; if there is, WOE unto him. There will 
not be a special assessment, as our finances 
are in good shape; you can assist greatly 
by remitting promptly, saving lots of work 
and postage. So please remit today if not 
already done. 

The minimum on this division was raised 
from 160 to |70, with Sunday pay for small 
stations, and the eight-hour operator posi- 
tions pay $77 to |85, with Sunday pay. I 
have written each one of you the details of 
your position. 

Yours fraternally, 

- W. A. McCabb. 

Members New Castle Division: 

Thanks to the "stick-to-it-lveness** of our 
general committee main .line tower jobs on 
this division now run from 192.00 to 1101.00 
per month, for a thlrty-one-day, four-Sun- 
day month. The new schedule shows a very 
large Increase In salaries at YoungstowUf 
Monroe Falls, Niles and Warren, explained 
by the fact that the company had raised the 
salaries at these points > before our money 
was distributed. The committee and local 
chairman are up against things which can 
easily be explained if you come to us direct 

I hope each member will prove loyal 
enough to the committee to help line up the 
nons working regularly on schedule positions. 
Back pay dates from September Ist, so have 
blanks on hand ready for them ^o fill out 
as soon as they receive it It has cost us a 
neat sum to secure this new schedule, so 
show your appreciation by getting applica- 
tions ftom those east of Akron, whom I can- 
not reach. Trusting we can make 1918 a 
banner year for new members, I am 
Fraternally yours, 

O. A. MgBriob^ L. C. 

Neto Castle DiviaUm Notes — 

Thanks to Bros. McLaughlin and Bane for 
their notes, it sure helps out 

Bro. Russell, third "TF" tower, resigned 
to accept the position of yardmaster for the 
Brie at Kent Bros. Gliddon and Carpenter 

We are glad to welcome Bro. Carpenter, 
second "TF," Into the O. R. T. ranks. 

R. D. Sharite, third Nova, tied things up 
in general, and left for parts unknown. 

Bro. McLaughlin wai^ callM home Decem- 
ber 18th, owing to his 'mother's illness, was 
also sick several days. Dieter and Ault 

Bro. Otto Artz, formerly at "FS" tower, 
now mall carrier at Cuya Falls, may return 
to the R ft O. if "Uncle Sam" does not In- 
crease postal employees salaries. 

Bro. Hunter, who resigned at "UN" tower 
because he was unable to get relief. Is back 
again with his seniority restored, as the 
division operator granted leave to other men 
at the same time when men were not avail- 
able for relief. 

Bro. Rupert is back in "SU," after three 
months at *'OA" tower, two of which he 
worked ti^relve hours. Wallace secured first 
there. We need his papers. Dispatching 
force reduced for the winter season, puts 
Bro. Garner back in "SU." Extra Dispatcher 
Phelps going to third *'OA." 

Bro. McBride Sterling was off nine days. 
Bros. Adams and Oilletly doubling three 
days. Bra Forney Lodi. and Bro. Gorham. 
from Nova, also doubling three days each, 
that being the limit on the west end. 

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Brothers, keep the local chairman posted 
on members of other divisions working here, 
giving him division number and expiration 
date of card, so he can have them trans- 
ferred to old 33. 

Contributions toward a fund to get the 
new seniority lists printed received from A. 
L. Baker, J. P. Hennessy, J. H. Hossler, 
W. O. Adams. C. H. Fitch, and R. H. Childs. 
If you want to help, send your bit to the 
local chairman. 

The accident to Bro. O'Connor's pet leaves 
"XN" without a mascot. Anyone knowing of 
a homeless animal not larger than a cow, 
please write Jack about It. 

Give the nons no rest; with the nice In- 
crease the committee secured there is no 
longer an^ excuse. Keep after them. 

Bros. McCannon, Dunnlvant and Mr. Stein- 
metz at "GI," are resuming their regular 
tricks, after being moved around for several 

There are often violations of the schedule, 
which the local chairman has no way of 
finding out unless you tell him. Keep him 

iaelp your country, the company and the 
Order by giving your best possible service. 
Show them that the union man is the best. 

Cbrt. 410. 

Pittsburg Division — 

Bro. Lauphlin went to first Callery during 
Bro. Myers* absence, owing to the death of 
his wife. Bro. Schmidt worked twelve hours 
in "B," on account of Bro. Fleisher filling in 
at Callery and various ofl!lces, owing to the 
shortage o* men. 

Bro. McCoy, second Eidenau, has been off 
for a month on account of the death of his 
wife; Bros. Long and Lanning doubling 
three days oyt of each week during his ab- 
sence. Bro.' Long, who has been sick for a 
week, we are glad to hear is improving. 

Sister Sheehan has resumed on third Ren- 
frew, after several week's illness. 

Bro. Hostetler went to Bakerstown second, 
for three days, as Bro. Harper and Non 
Ziegler were making too much money 
doubling, and Bros. Williams and Johnson 
worked twelve hours at Downieville during 
his absence. 

We are all very well pleased with our new 
Increase In pay and pay for Sunday work, 
which our general committee secured for us 
after a very hard battle. Taking In consid- 
eration the present conditions of the country, 
and the many difficulties it had to contend 
with, shews that the committee worked faith- 
fully for our interests, and we appreciate 
the results. 

There are quite a number of extra men 
on this division, and the brothers who work 
with any of them should find out if they 
have a card. If not notify your local chair- 
man, who will see that they are furnished 

with the necessary blanks to become mem- 
bers. I would like to see a 100 per cent 
membership on this division. Brothers, don't 
allow yourselves to become delinquent. Remit 
at once, and not only protect yourself, but 
also your loved ones. If it was not for our 
organization today we would be working for 
$50.00 a month, no vacations or any of the 
good things we today enjoy. Motto: *'Don*t 
be a SLACKER^ get a card." 

Cbrt. 501. 

Whereas, Our Heavenly Father, in His 
infinite wisdom and goodness, has deemed It 
best to call to the great bey6nd the beloved 
wife of our Bro. S. C. McCoy, therefore be it 
Resolved, That the members of Division 
No." 88, Order of Railroad Telegraphers, ex- 
tend to the bereaved family their sincere 
and heartfelt sympathy in this sad hour of 
affliction; and be it further 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolu- 
tions be spread upon the minutes of this 
division, a copy sent to the bereaved family, 
and a copy sent to The Tblbgraphbr for 

J. Ybager^ 

F.- W. Johnson^ 


Whereas, Our Heavenly Father, in His 
infinite wisdom and love, has deemed it best 
to call from our midst to His eternal home, 
the beloved wife of Bro. O. F. Myers, there- 
fore be it 

Resolved, That the members of Division 
No. 33, Order of Railroad Telegraphers, ex- 
tend to the bereaved family their sincere and 
heartfelt sy;npathy in this sad hour of af- 
fliction; and be It further 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolu- 
tions h6 spread upon the minutes of this 
division, a copy sent to the bereaved family, 
and a copy sent to The Telegrapher fop 

^J. Ybaobr^ 
F. W. Johnson, 


Cumberland Division, East End — 

Now that we have secured a revised sched- 
ule with a nice increase in pay, extra pay 
for Sunday work, 8md other valuable con- 
cessionsr we should show our appreciation 
by giving the best possible service to the 
company, and not neglect our duty to our 
organization. The management agreed to 
them with that expectation. There is little 
doubt on the part of the management now 
that the object of the Order is to help the 
company as well as ourselves, and there 
should be nothing left undone to convince 
the officials that they cannot afford to trust 

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anyone azcept a good, organised man to 
handle the business. The O. R. T. insists 
on their men Improving themselves morally, 
Intellectually and otherwise, which means 
better qualiflcations and better service to our 
employers for their money. It Is our duty 
to render a full day's honorable worlc Ehrery 
agent and telegra^er should be a general 
manager In and about his own station and 
office. If we do these things it win con- 
tribute towards still better conditions, and a 
probable saving to the company. 

Our committee worked very hard to bet- 
ter our conditions, and the best way to show 
our appreciation Is to pay our dues promptly, 
and not become delinquent, and see that 
the few nons come into the fold. There are 
some good men among them we would be 
mighty glad to welcome, and there is no ex- 
cuse for anyone on this division not carry- 
ing an up-to-date card. The increase In 
most Instances is sufficient In one month to 
pay for a card a whole year. Give them to 
understand that the ^ substantial increase 
they received was not a gift from the gods, 
or a bonus from our employers, but the re- 
sults of co-operation and unionism combined. 
Let us also look after the careless member, 
and see that he pays up promptly. 

When you receive your copy of the new 
agreement, study it carefully, and If in doubt 
as to the application of any rule, refer to the 
local chairman, who will gladly help you. 

Bro. H. E. Breneisen has returned to first 
West Cumbo, after several days' Illness. 

We are glad to hear Bro. MoCullough Is 
back at Green Spring, after several months' 

Bro. Wldmsrer and family, Orleans Road, 
spent the holidays visiting friends and rela- 
tives at Berkeley Springs. 

The brothers at Okoiioko are now com- 
fortably located In their new tower. 

Bro. Arnold, second Great Cacapon, was 
relieved a few days, by Bro. Snyder, and 
Local Chairman Bechtol, while on committee 
work In Baltimore, by Bro. Elliott. 

Bra Vermilyea has been checked in as 
agent at Green Spring. Glad to see the 
brother advanced to a position of higher re- 
sponsibility, also to hear Bro. McCullough 
Is back there after several months' sickness. 

Have yov paid your dues for the current 
term? If not, get busy. Div. Cor. 

Wheeling DMaion — 

Our new agreement has been signed up, 
giving us ten per cent increase in wages; 
salary based on working days In a month, 
and extra pay Sunday. 

Several jobs that "couldn't possibly be 
closed on Sunday" heretofore, are being 
closed now; and some of the "One Hoss" 
agents are now enjoying Simday at home. 
Yours truly, was promptly relieved from 
Sunday work in "FY," for which we are 

much obliged. Makes us feel like a real man 
to be able to act like other people on Sun- 

Bro. M. F. Burton, agent at Littleton, W. 
Va., appointed member of the local board of 
Wheeling Division, approved by General 
Chairman Yeager, will represent the agents 
of this division, and all matters concerning 
them, Including grievances, will be turned 
over to him. 

Bro. R. G. Bveretts, Foster tower, has 
been called to the colors, and Bro. Harold 
Slgler, "N" Benwood, has enlisted, their 
turns being temporarily advertised pending 
their return. We wish the boys a safe and 
speedy return. 

Bro. C. W. Linn, "FY" Wheeling, is in the 
hospital, where he was compelled to undergo 
an operation for an affection of the ear. He 
Is very low, but is expected to recover. He 
has the syropatliy of all the boys who know 

Jobs seem to be going begging on this divi- 
sion. First Denver, on bulletin this month« 
didn't get a bid. 

Our oreranlzatlon on this division is in ex- 
cellent shape, and growing. The agents 
coming almost to' a man. We must see to 
It that the nons on the division, who will 
draw a nice lot of back money, due to the 
efforts of our committee, get a card or be 
shown what "no card, no favors" mean. 

It Is with sadness that we chronicle the 
death of Bro. G. W. Polndexter, third 
Moimdsvllle. He passed away on January 
6th, and his remains were taken to his home 
in the southern part of this state for inter- 
ment. We will all miss "Poin" on the wire, 
and we all extend our sympathy to his wife 
and family. 

I wish someone would volunteer to handle 
the write-up for the Journal each month. I 
want the division represented and help in 
this direction Would be greatly appreciated; 
or If you will send me notes It will help out. 
J. B. Sprinobr« L. C. 

D. J. McGrath^ Baltimore, Md. 

My Dear Mr. McGrath : Kindly extend to 
the Order of Railroad Telegraphers, Division 
No. 88, our sincere thanks and appreciation 
for the beautiful flowers sent us in our re- 
cent bereavement, the death of our husband 
and father. 

Mrs. C. a. Kimmbl and Family. 

C. & E. I. R. R., Div. No. 34. 
Chicago Division — 

On sick list: Bro. C. F. Benge, third 
"GO" a few days, relieved by Bro. T, O. 
Green. Bro. J. K. Baker, first yard Center, 
relieved by J. Culp, leverman "YC" tower, 
who promises to line up. It will also soon 
be Bro. F. G. Marsh, yard Center third. 

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Bro. C. H. Meinhold is l>ack after an ex- 
tended trip through the South. 

Bro. J. R. Currey was off a few days re- 

'We are grlad to welcome back Bro. Cun- 
nlnfirham after 90 days' leave. 

We certainly owe General Chairman Skiles 
a vote of thanks for his splendid work in 
securing our new schedule. Let's all give 
our best services to the company, as this will 
make it easier for the general committee in 
further negotiations. 

This division has not been represented in 
Turn Tbuboraphsr for some time, because the 
boys have not contributed any items. Please 
send in articles of Interest before the flf- 
teenth of each month, so we may get it in 
the following issue. 


C. A E. I. R. R. System, Div. No. 34. 
EvanavUle Division — 

WHCREAS. Almighty Ood, in His infinite 
wisdom and goodness, has deemed it best to 
call to His heavenly home the beloved wife of 
our esteemed Bro. Charles Whitehead, of 
Terre Haute Ind., in manifestation of our 
grief and fraternal sympathy, be it 

ReMolved, That the members of System 
Division No. 84, Order, of Railroad Telegra- 
phers, extend to the sorrowing brother and 
the members of the afflicted family their sin- 
cere and heartfelt sympathy in this sad be- 
reavement, and be it further 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions 
be forwarded to the bereaved brother, and a 
copy sent to Thb TBLBOHAPHm for publica- 

C. H. Gborqbt^ 
Carl McClbart^ 
H. H. Skilbs^ 


I desire to express my great appreciation 
and sincere thanks to the brothers of Divi- 
sion No. 84, C. ft EL I. and other employes 
for their many kind words and the most 
beautiful floral offering presented by them in 
token of their deep sympathy for the great 
loss of my beloved wife. 

Chas. Whitbhbad^ Cert. 448, 

Terre Haute, Ind. 

Penna. R. R. Lines West, Div. No. 36. 

Chicago Terminal Division — 

"Now is the time that our division needs 
the loyal support of all the brothers," to 
back up our committee. 

A very interesting, well attended meeting 
was held on January 5th by our first vice 
president, W. T. Brown. 

Every brother who was absent was noti- 
fied by some good brother of what took place. 

Certain brothers have been busy helping 
General Chairman Gilcrist to cover the divi- 
sion as it is impossible for him to get relief, 
owing to the shortage of operators. 

Our schedule was one of the best sept to 
the general manager January 20th, noon, and 
our committee will soon meet him, and every 
loyal brother must get busy on the new nons 
and line them up so we can back the com- 
mittee to the limit. 

Brothers, remit your dues and insurance 
now for the first half of 1918 to our grand 
secretary and treasurer and get your up-to- 
date cards. 

Brother Moore, "KS" 69th street yard, has 
moved into his new steam^ heated offloe. 

Bro. Jones. "GB" Union Passenger Station, 
is on the sick list. 

Bro. Caponigri, at "CJ," will take another 
chance at "The Black Cat." 

J. B.L. 

Pere Marquette R. R., Div. No. 39. 

Canadian Division — 

For some months we have not had a write- 
up from this division, but we are one of the 
strongest divisions on any railroad, being 
100 per cent, and not a working member de- 
linquent at end of 1917 with the exception 
of a relief man and he has not had experi- 
ence enough to be admitted. 

You must give our chairman the fullest 
measure of credit for this division. He has 
been able to get the co-operation of every 
brother. Christmas morning, by good-will 
of all, he was presented with a fine heavy 
signet ring, inscribed with his initials and 
Inside: "Can. Div. 89-1917," and also a 
dandy "Swan" fountain pen. "Jim" was 
more than surprised and sayv it got under 
his "paccydermus" so far as to allow the 
moisture to ooze from his optical centers. 
In plain English, he was "tickled to death." 
He deserves it. too; he is square to the 
brothers and held in respect by the officials. 
May he live long and be happy and prosper- 

Recently every man contributed 2Bc to 
buy tobacco for Bro. Joe Berry, now in a 
hospital In France with trench fever. Joe 
was taken out of the privates, passed an 
examination as a first-class signaler and is 
now attached to the 19th. His address is: 
Job Bxrrt^ No. 214885, Sig. Sec., 19th Bat- 
talion, B. E. F., Canadian Contingent 
I^ance. When you fellows get time, write 
him one letter a month and don't expect an 
answer to every letter, as he has other busi- 
ness to attend to. Eleven dollars and twenty- 
five cents collected, for which I bought 
200 cigarettes, a box of Bachelor cigars, a 
pound of Rex, a pound of Senator, a pound 
of Old Chum, pound of Social Mixture, in 

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xes chocolates and had 
I packages of cigarette 
im and pencils packed 
)ers. This was divided 
shipments sent on Oct. 
pt. 11th. The last box 
, a pound of tobacco, 
d at the same time I 
box No. 4, filled with 
im cakes, figuring they 
or about Xmas day. I 
r acknowledging receipt 
ed Nov. 23rd, .the con- 
wlth give in part: 
ANCB, Nov. 23. 1917. 

I parcel No. 2 from you, 
ind operators along the 
Jtter No. 3, mailed Oct. 
i. 1 and the other two 
wish to thank you and 
oys for the great kind- 
be sure is very much 
i often wondered how 
It I knew were still "at 
Bind now I see by the 
^mplete line-up and list 
►u sent that very few 
know of them. Would 
Lhank each one of them, 
would be too big a Job, 
you to pass the word 
>arcels came in the best 
;o the good packing and 
atents. You know, out 
is to be able to enjoy 
i a while and I sure can 
r dear old Canadian to- 
yrone. • • • I would 
e and all when you can 


that isn't a quarter's 
1 let me know and you 
y back. I am going to 
ne day before long and 
I and I feel sure every 
I glad to contribute. We 
aay be spared to return 
i with us again, 
lave received their seven 
n account of the short- 
st Lome, Dutton, Leam- 
lers are getting in many 
e 30 cents sure came in 

3r than can be handled 
id we should all be as 

as possible. The boys 
re simply loaded to the 
jtherly action Is "answer 

I feel sure If you will 
s means to a man in a 
to it. 

Bro. J. B. Decon, agent Eriean, paid WaN 
laceburg a visit while on his holidays. "Bert" 
had a great time; he got two weeks com- 
mencing about January 6 th to cover a week 
in 1916 and one in 1917. due him because 
there was no one available to relieve him. 
No relief agent being tied up at Walkerville, 
Merlin and Chatham on clerical work. 

Bro. Prowse and Bro. Vrooman experi- 
enced a faint heart after the many promises. 
Like the litUe fellow going swimming. "Cold 
on the bank until you get ducked." 

We have arranged to have a good write-up 
of this division every month during 1918 and 
we want every member to' send at least one 
item to the correspondent. AEk the local 
chairman or the boys In "Q" and they will 
tell you where to send it Let's make it 
worth while. 

Remember we are 100 per cent now and 
the last day of February is the last day to 
renew your card. After that you become a 
new member, which not only costs you more, 
but also makes work for everyone concerned. 
Each brother ask your mate, "Have you paid 
your dues for 1918?" You will be surprised 
how many have already done so. 

There are just about a "bcO^er's half- 
dozen" who failed to remit |6.00 to help pay 
the extra expense of the committee on the 
last schedule. Isn't your increase worth it? 
Do it notol 

Bro. 437 in December Tblboraphxr said he 
wanted positions bulletined. Rest assured 
they will be if anyone wants them. If there 
is one open not bulletined, notify our effi- 
cient local chairman and he will sure bring 
the matter up. 

Boys, let's have your items every month. 

Cert. 157. 

Chesapeake & Ohio Ry., Div. No. 40. 

Big Sandy Division — 

Bros. H. M. Irwin, third trick dispatcher; 
D. E. McCallum and H. C. Marrs, enlisted 
in the Signal Corps, are now stationed at 
Camp Sherman. Bro. A. K. Roblnette is 
on second "BG" temporarily and W. P. Run- 
nells on first. 

Bro. G. E. Clark is doing all he can as 
local chairman to handle the grievances 
which tend to better our working conditions. 
Brothers, let's assist him to make our divi- 
sion 100 per cent and have him call some 
good warm meetings. 

Bro. E. W. Kobinette is all smiles since 
the arrival of a new "cook" (Miss Oene- 
vieve Robihette) and, of course, the cigars 
were freely passed. 

Business is good, the extra men are get- 
ting plenty of work and we should see that 
they all "line" up. 

Kveryone seems well pleased with our new 
superintendent and chief dispatcher, j. B. 
Harris, and I. D. Irwin. 

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Let's have a division correspondent ap- 
pointed and ali send him a few notes so 
we can have a write-up for the Sandy and 
Lexington divisions every month. 

Cbrt. 1648. 

C. & O. Ry. of Ind., DIv. No. 40. 

We have Just passed through a most mo- 
mentous year, with colors flying, determined 
to fight on until we have reached our goal; 
but we are now confronted with new con- 
ditions, the results of which cannot be fore- 

There is one paramount issue before us 
which must not be lost sight of and that 
is absolute and thorough organisation. I 
therefore ask your co-operation to make our 
Une 100 per cent and keep it there. In 
order to do this we must all keep busy 
on the nons and give them no rest until 
th^y are lined up with an up-to-date card. 
I hope you will all enthusiastically and 
gladly enlist yourselves Into this work. 

President Perham is looking after our In- 
terests at Washington and we should show 
our appreciation of his efforts by waging 
an unrelenting warfare on the "nan*" and 
"slackers," There are only a few left, but 
that is too many. 

Gleneral Chairman Hicka has asked the 
management for a conference pertaining to 
better wages and working conditions, owing 
to the high cost of Uvlng. 

Bro. Hutchins. at Cincinnati a few days, 
was relieved on Muncie third by Bro. Roy 
Johnson, of Losantville, attending school 
this winter. 

Bro. E. W. Johnson has returned to 
Brighton second, after 20 days' absence, re- 
lieved by Sister Lillian Johnson, now reliev- 
ing Sister Murphy, there on vacation. 

Bro. and Sister Batchelor, Fernald, have 
purchased a farm, but only holders of up- 
to-date cards need expect a chicken feed 
on their place. 

Assignments: Bro. Napier to Peoria sec- 
ond, vice Bro. Robinson to Boston first; 
Bro. Duensing to Boston second, vice Bro. 
D. E. Long to Miami, vice Bro. House to 
Beardstown, vice Bro. McVey on one year's 
leave of absence. 

One of the worst snowstorms in 40 years 
followed by severe cold weather recently 
settled down upon us with coalless bins. 
Wires were all down and drifts impassable, 
causing a general tie-up in business for 
about a week. The writer has no concep- 
tion of conditions 40 years ago, but our 
efficient third trick dispatcher, Bro. Swartz. 
of Peru, vouches for the correctness of this 

Bro. McKinley, of Hy Tower says the 
snow* was so deep at Hammond that it took 
him three days to tunnel to his coal bin 

and it drifted so badly that he consumed 
another day getting back to the house. 

Stations along the Indiana line are all 
observing "lightless" nights; Peru, Ind., 

Bro. Littell, of Okeana, quite a star him- 
self, will soon trot out his famous basket- 
ball team. We hope he will continue to 
help out with the Indiana line news. 

Let's get that new card early and get 
after the nons. 

BL E. MiooLSKAur^ L. C. 


Whbreas^ Almighty Gk>d, in His Infinite 
wisdom and goodness, has deemed it best to 
call to His heavenly home the beloved wife 
of our esteemed Bro. A. Wilson, of C. A O. 
System Division No. 40; in manifestation of 
our grief and fraternal sympathy, be it 

Resolved, That the members of C. & O. 
System. Division No. 40, extend to the sor- 
rowing brother and the members of his fam- 
ily our sincere and heartfelt sympathy in 
this, their sad hour of bereavement; and be 
it further 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions 
l>e forwarded to the bereaved brother, a copy 
placed on the minutes of the Hlnton Lodge, 
and a copy sent to Thib Tblboraphkr for 

J. E. Whbatlt, 


N. C. Young, 


Hocking Valley Ry., DIv. No. 40. 

Hocking and River Division and Branch — 

Brothers, let's start an old-time revival 
campaign lining up the "slackers/* Like the 
old Army Game, a hundred can play it as 
well as one. There is no reason for them 
hanging out now, as we can surely show 
them a real contract secured through the 
efficiency of the O. R, T. Do not get dis- 
couraged if they give you their same old 
fake stories, that "the Order is all right," 
"they ioUl Une up as soon as they can afford 
it," and that "they are in sympathy with us," 
etc. Sympathy won't do much towards get- 
ting schedules and settling grievances. If 
they were to have the old schedule basis of 
$67.60 a month and get the rest in "sympa- 
thy" they would understand Just how we 
feel about their sympathetic talk. Go right 
after them and keep It up imtll you land 
them. Bro. McClain cannot do it all. Now, 
dig In and help out ; don't let us go back into 
the same old rut we were in before our com- 
mittee put us on our feet. Now, lefs see 
who is alive. 

In January journal, C. ft O. of I. refers 
to a Bro. Swartz. We have a Swartz over 
here and he is promising to Une up. 

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le, is working on 
[>wa what). If It 
will know It, then 
In the South, 
mitage, was oft a 
.ving an operation 

Lancaster, was 
dgreway, Ohio, on 
his mother by a 

tin were compelled 
Street while Bro. 
on account of the 

in, is gritting his 
g: all his plants 
there, be governed 

spent several Sun- 
on account of his 
there. We wish 

idtown yard, was 
►n account of the 
• at Nelsonville. 
•aph office at the 
has been changed 

B. & O. at Wash- 
il days at Logan 


5 "ME," 

i wages 


?an, spent several 
the snow was so 
•me, several miles 

wTi, has been quite 
its along the river 

, worked 36 hours 

wreck there. 

ifcClain spent his 

[cArthur. Bro. E. 

there over Sunday. 

rd up for bids. 
January Journal, 
Mark it and mail 

I a mighty big pill 

he has swallowed 

Lbout the 18th or 
that we may have 
Ir up some enthu- 
Do not wait for 
•mething but start 

nd S. N. at Q." 

Whereas, Our heavenly Father, In His 
wisdom and love, has deemed it best to call 
from her earthly home to His domain, the 
beloved grandmother (who has been as a 
mother) of Bro. P. W. Murphy; therefore, in 
manifestation of our grief and sympathy, 
be it 

Resolved, That the members of The Order 
of Railroad Telegraphera, Hocking Valley 
Railway, C. & O. Division No. 40, extend 
to the bereaved brother and members of his 
family our sincere and heartfelt sympathy in 
their sad bereavement; and be it further 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions 
be forwarded to the bereaved brother, a copy 
spread on the minutes of this division and a 
copy sent to The Tbleoraphbr for publica- 

C. W. McClain, 
J. F. Shocket, 
F. F. Tbrrill, 


Boston & Maine R. R., Div. No. 41. 

Boston Division — 

Brothers and sisters, have your applica- 
tion for your annual vac<i,tion In the hands 
of your division superintendent before the 
first of March. Because of the shortage of 
operators it may be very difficult to provide 
the necessary help for this relief, therefore 
you should name the date you desire to be 
absent as soon as possible. 

Portland Division — 

Bro. Geo. Knapp, relieving in "BM" dis- 
patcher's office since early summer, has re- 
sumed on Salem. Mass., first. Daniel Crow- 
ley, who relieved him at Salem, has been ap- 
pointed purchasing agent for that city. 

The Great A. & P. Tea Company's big 
truck loaded with sugar tried to do tricks 
on the Boston & Maine's right-of-way at 
Salem recently and landed in the ditch. The 
boys there should be plentifully supplied 
with sugar. 

Pendings bids — Third towerman. West 
Lynn; agency Danvers ("W"), Newington 
and assistant ticket agency Dover, Glouces- 
ter and Haverhill. 

Brothers, please let me know who bids 
these in. 

Southern Division — 

Bro. Jim Carroll, of Franklin "NH," went 
to North Somerville and Bro. Jack Joyce's 
brother, Ed., went to Mystic Junction clerical 
job for a few days. Leavitt, of the St. J. 
& L. C, at Flannagans, is a good all-round 
railroader whom we are glad to have with 

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den la at "BC" Lowell yard. 

Bro. Tom Bates, who spent Christmas in 
Rutland with Bro. Smythe, is proud of his 
two boys in the service of "Uncle Sam." 

Bids pending — Wobum, Mass., assistant 
ticket agency; ticket agency. Winchester, 
Mass. ; clerk and operator, Wilmington. 
Brothers, please let me know who bids these 

Fitchburff Division — 

Sister Pearl Cozzins relieved M. R Hand- 
lin, enlisted in the Signal Corps; Sister Jen- 
nie Sawyer, Little, Mass., pending bids, who 
bid in Shirley, vice Bro. Cuthbertson, of 
Pepperell, Mass., who goes to Montague 
agency ; Bro. E. S. Hand 1 in, second South 
Ashbumham, is ofT on account of illness. 
We hope for his speedy recovery. 

Vacancies up for bids : Littleton, opera- 
tor ; Millers Falls, second ; Belmont agency, 
pending return of agent. Brothers, please 
advise me to whom these are assigrned. 

"VN" "QM." 

"Boston^ Mass.^ January 15, 1918. 
"Mbmbers System Divibion No. 41 : 

"The initiation fee in our Telegraphers' 
Relief Association is fifty cents and the dues 
twenty-flve cents per month, payable semi- 
annually in advance. The benefits are five 
dollars per week for five weeks. 

"Copies of the by-laws are ready for mem- 
bers upon receipt of application. 

"Since this association was formed in 
January, 1910, it has paid to its members 
eight hundred and fifty dollars in sick bene- 
fit claims, and it is the aim and ambition 
of its promoters and supporters to constant- 
ly increase the amount of the sick benefit 
paid without any corresponding increase in 
dues. . 

"If you desire to become a member of this 
organization, please communicate with Bro. 
W. H. Daker, elected secretary-treasurer at 
the meeting on January 8, 1910, or to any of 
the below-mentioned officers of the associa- 
tion, who will treat all communications re- 
ceived from members of system division No. 
41, B. ft M. R. R. courteously and promptly. 
"Trusting all will become members of this 
association, we remain, 

"Fraternally yours, 
"E. G. Robinson, 

"Chairman Board of Directors, 
"Everett, Mass. 
"W. H. Daker, S. & T., 
"49 Bloomingdale St., 
"Chelsea. Mass. 
"Approved : 
"T. J. FooARTT, President, 
• "West Somerville Mass." 

E P. 





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Send in the request for your annual weekly 
vacation before the first of April, also mail 
your local chairman a copy, or you may find 
yourselves unable to get any and will not 
get paid for this period, in case you work 
the balance of year without relief. 

Bro. D. R, Crowley, Putney, Vt., was home 

recently from the Newport Training Station, 

s, looking "some 

Bro. Beauregard 

(rice and relieved 

tnployes' organi- 
i their back pay 
tlement was not 
ter ours. I pre- 
>ver the system 

ng is still going 

forget that he 
Also remember 

and making the 
vhen we remind 
ore money. 
Cert. 94. 

Jo. 42. 

he new year, it 
i to make differ- 
ne of which we 
;hem are forgot- 
r year has rolled 

luest that each 
B certain resolu- 
id make special 
?hese resolutions 
Brest to keep, 
banner year of 
at the close of 
icarce that one 
ng this old pike 
X Let us build 
lard, such as is 

1 are enjoying 
>ns than we are, 
f their members 
doing his "bit." 
d file do not sit 
' to do it; they 

reasonable ex- 
►er cent of them 
[>d thing, it has 
:ion, it's alright, 
%8 going to Join 
to quit the serv- 
ou will find that 
9 road 20 years 
thoroughly good- 
ly puts the boot 
to join, you are 
, favor; you are 
tamily and him- 

self. Invariably yc 
one cent of insurai 
take their chances 
When a new man 
out whether or not 
your chairman righ 
address of the newt 
and it is your duty. 
It is necessary, as 
to our division. 

Now, Brothers, 1 
operate ; surely we ( 
on other roads; tl 
through individual 
end of the year thi 
on this road as a 

At the same tim* 
to co-operate with t 
between the emplo] 
life of any business 
let's make it so he 
I believe our officii 
this ; let's show thei 
the thought of an] 
either side, if any 
company's business 
same as if it was 3 
best service; look a 
same as if the emp 
of stock in this cor 
to give every trail 
movement in this 
is very important; i 
ly; report trains p 
interlocking plant 1 
freeze up or is pi 
snow ; in f reezin 
switches and signi 
keep them limbered 
things we can do 
operation. Let's do 
it about It is no 
tried out In many 

Whenever you ai 
other road, observe 
often you will not! 
handling the work ; 
In most cases, not 
method, and in su 
vise your officials oi 
way we can oftei 
which will benefit 

Brother Habe, ai 
been called to the n 
all miss Paul. Di\ 
him all kinds of si 
9is one of the bra> 
old U. S. A. 

Our superintende 
notified your chain 
drafted and enlistee 
tors, will be held o; 
war service period, 
kindness in this ma 

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jacoDfi, Motor Mecnanics. Kes^ment No. 1, 

Signal Corps, Company "Q", Camp Hancock, 

Augusta, Qa. He would be glad to hear from 

the boys; write him. 

We regret very much the death of Bro. 
Lawrence O'Donnell's father, who was em- 
ployed at Liberty street, Binghampton, so 
many years. Bro. O'Donnell has the sym- 
pathy of the entire membership. 

Also, we regret to announce the death of 
Bro. Lisenby's mother, of Nichols; the boys 
all Join me in extending our most sincere 
sympathy to Bro. Lisenby. 

EL J. HsssBR^ Gen'l Chairman. 

Delatoare Division — 

Bra P. H. Flaherty, sick a few days, was 
relieved by Bro. P. J. Murphy, from "NS", 
relieved by Bro. Hagadom, and he by Bro. 
E. O. Murphy at "SR". 

Bro. J. D. Tobin relieved Bro. Hempstead 
and Bro. G. F. TuthiU, Parkers Glen, 
and Bro. Rixton relieved bro. C. D. Mallory 
and Bro. L. K. Bock while they enjoyed their 
seven days' vacation secured in our new 
schedule. Some agents and clerks enjoying 
these vacations have done nothing to help 
secure them. We hope they will soon wake 
up to the fact that they should be carrying 
a card and not put the burden on a few to 
get better working conditions and they re- 
ceive the reward. 

Remember, your dues must be paid on or 
before February 28th to be in good standing. 
By sending them in promptly it will save 
Brothers Bridge and Galloway a lot of extra 

Bro. Gallagher has resigned as local chair- 
man and Bro. F. A. Galloway was appointed 
to fill out the unexpired term. Bro. Gallo- 
way is a live wire; but, boys, do not leave 
everything to Sun Fish, do a little boosting 
yourself; be more than a card carrier; be a 
real worker, and see that the man next to 
you has one, too. Remember the slogan : No 
card — no favors. It will be only a short time 
before we will be 100 per cent, as there are 
not very many nons left. 

Bro. Galloway expects to hold regular 
meetings as soon as the train service gets 
back to normal again, at a point on the Divi- 
sion where it will be convenient for most 
all of you to attend. 

Bro. Fortner was relieved a few days by 
Bro. Shiner, who lately relieved Bro. Han- 
rahan, on sick list several days. 

Bro. F. J. Murphy enjoyed a trip to New 
York City and Washington recently, and 
Bra B. O. Murphy and wife took in the 
sights at New York and Philadelphia last 

Bro. Jochem worked third "OZ", while Bro. > 
Holbert was absent. 

Bro. Tyler enjoys his spare minutes hunt- 
ing, but we never see any game. 

Bro. Galloway has been called iigain be- 
fore the exemption board for examination. 

I have been appointed your correspondent 
and I will do my best to serve; with your 
assistance will endeavor to have a write-up 
each month; please give me all the news 
you can from the E:ast Btaid as it is hard to 
get ^jrthing from this point. 

B. Cp. Cbrt. 1766. 

Northern Division — 

Bro. S. Loew, second Sparkbill, has en- 
listed, relieved by WiUenbocker; Mr. Ful- 
ton also enlisted, relieved by Bro. Hill. 

Bro. Germain, Nyack, had to cover first 
and agency also, when Hedricks went to 
Jersey City di8i>atcher's office as copier; no 
extra man available. 

Bro. C. Hill has moved his family to Pier- 

Perkins, who resigned EUiglewood agency 
and went to 28th street. New York, is now 
on second Bnglewood. 

Bro. F. Shields bid in Demarest agency, 
relieved by Bra Stickels. 

Bro. Hering, third Granton Junction, lost 
his wife recently. He has the heartfelt sym- 
pathy of all in his bereavement. 

Bro. Dorbin, at Creskill, is a very busy 
man on account of Camp Merritt being lo- 
cated there with 26,000 troops. 

Bro. Boggia, Leonia, is waiting patiently 
to move into the fine new station Just com- 
pleted. He is a good man for the plaec. 

Cbrt 608. 

New York Division — 

There have been several changes along 
the line but your scribe hasn't been posted 
on them. 

We all welcome Bddie Walters back on the 
line again, and hope he will soon get a card ; 
he is on second "JR" tower. 

Bro. Hill is on first "GR" tower vice 
Tunis Fulton, now in the service of "Uncle 

Bro. Sol Loew has enlisted in the Signal 
Corps; a good, red hot O. R. T. man whom 
we all are sorry to lose, and hope for his 
speedy return- 
Boys, it is important that we pay our 
dues at once. ^Our contract runs out October 
1st this year. It won't take long for these 
few months to roll around. All the roads 
have secured good vacation clauses in the 
last few months, overtimsi^ for all Sunday 
work, and various other good things that 
we haven't got yet. If each man will pay 
up his dues and see that every non gets 
lined up properly, we will also be able to 
get these good things when we go up in 

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mbling and knocking and 

If there is anything with 

suited in the division or 

as a whole the only way 

through a strong division, 

T accomplished by knock- 

I used to throw up my 

'There is nothing In it," 

*ience have taught me the 

?ht the wrongs. I hope 

) these words considera- 

tisfled each man will see 

has been opened by the 
r the year 1918. I hope 
division will start right in 
k for one of the prizes, 
•rth trying for. 
id Horton have the sin- 
all the boys in the loss of 
IS. Cert 1517. 

hern Ry., DIv. No. 43. 

believe, inaugurates the 
r the Canadian Northern 
in The Telegrapher^ so, 
1 our best wishes, that it 
the best of times, along 
>od will, and that through 
• Journal we may improve 
1 touch which is the ideal 
I in its endeavor to foster 

ry grateful to our local 
ighes, for the earnest and 
Itted himself In the nego- 
peg. This last increase 
J best remunerated teleg- 
ntinent, and we will take 
re to thank him in par- 
lommittee in general for 

rated as the best physical 
L railroading through the 
doubt, it will be made a 
) to us to see that every 
3 best. We are naturally 
int by the newness of the 
rely out of the hands of 
people, and it is all the 
bridge over the little dif- 
across, and keep a stiff 

your lesson in catechism 
my mind — I felt like old 
Ince starting this, 
and. Of course, I can't 
I am none too sure of my 
as correspondent. We 
meetings; one of them at 
ih the writer was present, 
ely Judging by the way 
) ; we'll need many more 
en things out. 


smile like uid »oi nimseir. no more s. a. 
stuff, eh. *'RJ."? 

Willis at Chilliwack is sure doing great 
business these days; it's a hundred to one 
that he is not running that new McLaughlin 
around very much, though. 

Hacking and Carter of Spences Bridge 
and Lytton respectively, lead the simple life 
— they like overtime, and get it, too. 

Fallow at Ashcroft Strictly business 
there. - 

Thanks to Mr. Crane, our chief dispatch- 
er, for the arrangements he made on Christ- 
mas day; these came in very nicely. 

Dispatcher W. J. R. took unto himself a 
wife. Congratulations, "Bill"; we are glad 
for you; .some of the girls will miss you 
though, or we miss our guess. 

WE "13" Day, of Avola, is still wonder- 
ing how under the sun he is expected to 
keep awake there. 

That Lucerne's a pretty hot place, all 

Squibb, of Birch Island, took a hurrted 
trip to town recently, some tonsorial artist 
down there doing away with his a la 
"Laurier" pompadour; we were surprised 
not to hear of a murder case down there 
Just at the time, but somehow think the 
election returns may have had something 
to do with it. 

Boston Bar is blooming in all its enthral- 
ling wilderness, etc., etc. — one brother Just 
recently located at that pohit having a line 
of "underwear, Mexican athletes and other 
things" — pretty hard for a man with aver- 
age intellect to make anything out of. 
X. Cert 811. 
Boston Bar, B. C. 

2nd and Srd DistrictSj Central Division-^ 

After a session of about six weeks our 
general committee secured a new schedule 
now printed and in hands of all up-to-date 
members. The principal features are mini- 
mum of $89 for operators, $94 for agents, 
time and a half for all overtime. Division 
rights for telegraphers instead of superin- 
tendent district rights, including nearly all 
clerks, cashiers and assistant agents in the 
schedule. Several positions formerly con- 
trolled by the company were also added to 
the schedule, also a minimum of 60 cents 
per call. 

Much credit must be given our commit- 
tee for securing the best schedule In North 

Bro. Phillips, our local chairman, was the 
recipient of a gift of appreciation from the 
boys of his district In the shape ot a club 
bag and kit and a check for balance of 

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money contributed. Only three turned the 
proposition down; one because "charity be- 
^ns at home." He has none. One because 
he could not afford it, but he would like to. 
Just hard up and broke. His money is in 
the shape of a bank account; possibly he 
invested heavily in the Victory Loan. The 
third — he couldn't see other people hungry 
to buy such a present. He weighs nearly 
two hundred. Most of the boys felt this 
was only In a very small part paying to- 
wards our indebtedness to Bro. Phillips, 
who has without charge so faithfully looked 
after our interests and our desire is that 
he may long be with us. 

The committee, Bros. W. S. Ingraham, O. 
R Phelps and F. J. McLennan, who pur- 
chased the present, received the following 
communication fron\ Bro. Phillips : 

"I have just received the magrniflcent club 
bag and kit from the brothers of the Second 
and Third districts. Tliis Is a great surprise 
to me and I assure you it is fully appre- 
ciated, especially, coming as it does at this 
particular time. While I cannot find suit- 
able words to express my gratitude, I want 
you« one and all, to know that I thank you 

"It has always been a pleasure as well 
as an honor to represent the members of 
these districts and with their continued sup- 
port, it is my earnest wish that my services 
will warrant the confidence shown. 

"Wishing you a Happy and Prosperous 
New Year, I remain, 

"Yours fraternally, 
"W. H. Phillips^ Local Chairman, 

"2nd and 3rd Central DIv. of Division 48." 

By the way, Bro. Batty is asking when 
the next meeting is going to be held. 

Bro. T. A. Helgason, assigned to Oreen- 
way agency, and Bro. Barney Roland, from 
Cardinal to Stomoway. 

Cardinal, Deloraine and Shellmouth agen- 
cies on bid also. Cashier's Job at Neepawa. 
$70 per. 

Bro. Henry Shellmouth resigned and un- 
derstand his son, Bro. Guy Henry, of Eden, 
will succeed him. Bra McQulnn rell«vliig 
these pending bids and Bro. Hunter at 
Stomoway till regular men arrive. 

Bro. Guctel, Makinak, on sick list for two 
weeks, relieved by Bro. Phelps. 

Congratulations to Bro. Geo. Mann and 
bride of Lundar. 

Bro. S. M. Rutherford and Bro. Peters 
have been drafted, but are on leave of ab- 
sence till March 1st, and permission for 
further extension. 

By the amount of liquid refreshments 
coming in there is anticipation of havkig a 
good supply on hand by April 1st. 

Bro. Hays, of Amaranth, and Bro. Fitz- 
simmons. of Langruth, sole proprietors of 
Oakland sub. both on holidays. FItz may 

be if you speak a little loudei 
you and then Hay will take i 

Pinnell, Makinak, nights, o 
holidays recently, office close< 

Water train resumed on ace 
age of water at McCreary. 

Bro. Connelly, of St Aga 
usual, spent New Year's at 
the French lassies. UnderstJ 
quite accomplished on New T 

Bro. Robertson. Oakbum, < 
ing to the illness of his fathc 
Bro. Phelps. 

Brandon and Regina Line — 
The mail order system Is 
and all the boys are finding it 
especially at this time when \i< 
meetings, account of weath 
The work in connection wltl 
copies out is rather a strei 
times, but It Is well worth it 
through notes received, that 
tion shown Is sufficient compe 
Chairman Morgan is giving u 

The notes received this n 
scribe were conspicuous by 
but we take it for granted tha 
were all quite busy shovelin 
therefore had very little time 
In. Try and fill that blaze] 
some time next month, so as 
Jot down a few lines of cheen 
How is the "tin lizzie" : 
days, Bro. Luke? And Bro. M( 
how are chances for a few do 
for setting? Think Brother < 
swap a few double-yolked on 
increase the chicken supply 
Bro. Carey will not trade, s 
It. His flock should be quite 

Bro. Fair and family have 
to the old home in the E:asi 
have a real Jolly time. Bro. ( 
appointed relieving agent, is 

Bro. H. J. Benson secured 
days, and Bro. C. H. Halbert 
on bid. Bro. Ohem to Ettingi 

Bros. J. E. McDonald an( 
been appointed to serve on th< 
Justment, and we hope they ^ 
Job when needed ; at present 
to be a clean sheet. 

I hope there are others as 
who would like to be able 
meeting soon, and feel sure t 
disappointed whenever the w< 
the local chairman to call on< 
be a record turnout ; do not U 
the chance. 

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d in Toronto Temple B 
was a good success. B 
me in chair, and Pat, hi 

A. Bill, M. . McKeowi 
>. Sprentall, Slavery, 
ven, Winters, Flnnigan 
►tter, Dunn, Eby, G 
Ison, Allan, Qeorge. 

were: One man from 
o from "CB". one "OA 
>rel on spare. 

to see some of the t 
i way. 

were given from Supt. 
Jhief Dispatcher P. H 
ery much appreciated 

d be more co-operating 
stlso give and take on al 
lays again bulletined. 

the notes for this lar 

Ling the new year In th 


Lake 8t. John Diatrict- 

t has not been represei 

'or a long time, not for 


>ncemed would enjoy s< 

each month. Why not 

for that service? 
J : Agencies — Bro. B. 
oseph; Bro. L. Bilodea 

A. Benlanger, St. P€ 
rt, St. Prime; Bro. C. 
rval ; Bro. J. • A. t)u 
te; Bro. J. O. Lemelii 
on ; Day Operators — E 
) Hebertville; Bro. J. 1 
ire; Bro. P. Keronac, 
i; Night Operator — Bro 
!t. Rairmond; night Jol 

$76.00 per month. 

very sorry to hear of 
ss at "SP", and hope 
ry. Bro. J. W. Ray, r 
jving him. 
I at "RA", nights, penc 

>w that at the last mec 
leld at ChicoirtimI, D< 
was decided to have 
y two months, 
tulations to Bro. J. E. 
her ; married Deceml 

:eep after the nons ^ 
perators coming in tli 
t all work hard to ge 
>lp our local chairman 
;>lications and remittanc 

be "solid." 
• protection or favors, ai 

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ei^t-hour a^eement. and when kept on duty 
longer should send in overtime tickets. Also* 
3rou are entitled to one full hour at noon at 
one-man stations, and you should not ac- 
cept anything less than one hour. If you 
cannot gret the full hour send In the ticket 
for one hour. Do without your dinner and 
aid Mr. Hoover. 

It is now Bro. Heath at Bancroft and 
the Sister at Chaneelor now seeks light; 
her application is forthcoming. . Also un- 
derstand. Mr. Cobb at Leary is making ap- 
plication. This division is almost solid. 
Bro. Carter, first Ft Vally, on leave is be- 
Ing relieved by Bro. Alford of the Southern 
Ry.. who also relieved Sister Mathis at 
Paschal a few days recently. 

Bro. R. D. Parker, agent. Bell wood, was 
married recently; success to both. 

There are several changes. I am not lined 
up. not being able to get the detaUs. 

Those who are drafted will, before leav- 
ing the service of the company, notify the 
company to that effect, sending a copy to 
the local and general chairman. 

Cbrt 702. 

Detroit, T. & I. Ry., DIv. No. 48. 

Bros. Matthews, Qreenfleld and P. D. 
Chism have gone with the W. U. at Jack- 

Bro. J. a Knelsley, agent, Jeffersonville, 
has resigned ; going into bank business. With 
these boys leaving and about five joining 
the "colors." leaves a lot of new men on the 

Chief Dispatcher Graham Is on sick leave, 
relieved by J. H. Jones, and he on first 
trick South end by John Meckllnberar, re- 
lieved on second trick by Dispatcher Smith 
from the "Big Pour", Springfield. Clyde 
Blose on third. Dispatcher DIbert Is on first 
North end. P. S. Lewis on second; Bro. P. 
J. Lee, to be married shortly, on third, and 
Boggs is night chief dispatcher. 

Bro. Jim Slack, "GO", Sprln^eld. South 
end, resigned and gone back to the Big 
Four, Is In "GC" , passenger depot at Cin- 
cinnati; relieved by Pitsslmmons, "GO", 
nights. Dispatcher Smith cleans up the 
South end, and saves the expense of a 
night operator. General Superintendent 
Thompson is now assistant to the president 
vice South End Trainmaster Jones, former- 
ly assistant to President Kum, of the D. T. 
I, and Is now our new general superinten- 
dent, vice Thompson. 

P. a Lewis, who tried out the B. ft O. 
at Cleveland a few days the first of the 
year, as dispatcher, has returned to the D. 
T. L, because the R ft O. could not offer 
him a regular salaried position. 

Our committee is trying to secure a date 
with General Superintendent Jones. 

•*R." Cert 21. 

Denver & Rio Grande R. R., Div. No. 49. 

Firit Division — 

This division, the largest part of the en- 
tire system, has been badly neglected for 
some time. Let's do better hereafter. Bro. 
Reynolds has appointed me correspondent 
for the First Division, and I would like to 
see similar action taken on the other divi- 
sions, for the first thing we look for upon 
opening our Tblboraphbr is to see "what's 
doing on Division 49*'. 

Our general committee is now In Denver 
in conference with the management; what 
the results will be under government con- 
trol we cannot say at this time, only hope 
for the best. 

Bro. Prank Vinson, from the Mo. Pac., is 
relieving Local Chairman Reynolds at "SB", 
Pueblo. H. M. Hale, from the Mo.. Pac, at 
Portland, extra, has promised to line up. 

Bro. Purcell, from the C. ft S., has opened 
Carlisle, nights, after it being closed for a 

Bro. Kilgore, clerk at Port Logan, is back 
from a thirty day enjoyable trip through 
the Southeast, taking in the sights at 
Chicago, Washington, Jacksonville, Key 
West and New Orleans. 

W. B. Miller, our superintendent for some 
years past, has gone with Colorado Mid- 
land as vice-president. He was especially 
noted for his fairness and he has the best 
wishes of all of us for his success. He was 
succeeded by Superintendent McGraw, who 
comes to us from the fourth division with 
a good recommendation from the boys over 
there. We have not yet had the pleasure 
of a visit from him. " 

Assignments: Bro. R. C. Moore to third 
Colorado Springs, vice Bro. C. H. Morris to 
Barnes agency; Bro. S. M. Kams to second 
Castle Rock; myself to Augusta, relieving 
Bro. J. T. Simmons, of the H. ft T. C, who, 
after a trip into the Wyoming oil fields 
has resumed at Midlothian, Texas, agency; 
Bro. A. B. Roberts, our former general sec- 
retary and treasurer, and regular at Au- 
gusta, is now with the Union Pacific at 
Salt Lake, Utah. 

Brothers, let me have any notes of Inter- 
est that you can in order to Insure a reg- 
ular monthly write-up from the first divi- 
sion of old 49. 

Tours fraternally, 

P. B. RosB, Cert 910. 

Augusta, Colo. 

Relay Division — 

Salt Lake City, "UN." We are glad to 
announce that we maintain a solid ofllce 
with the exception of Mr. O'Connor, who 
has been enjoying the benefits of our vari- 
ous raises since 1910, but who has not 
yet seen fit to help bear the burden along 
with the other loyal boys. 

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Bro. Robertson has been appointed as- 
sistant chief dispatcher, and while we miss 
him, we feel glad that we have a brother 
with ability enough to All the position, and 
wish him success. 

Bro. Elser was commissioned a first 
lieutenant in the Signal Corps, and left 
some time ago for American Lake, Wash. 

Bro. and Mgr. Mann may secure a com- 
mission in the Signal Corps. 

Bro. Anderson, extra in "UN," wa6 re- 
lieved by Mrs. Reinhart, from the Union 
Pacific, a few days, on account of sickness. 
She promises to get an up-to-date, very 
soon, as well as her husband, relieving Bro. 
Robertson in the same office. 

Helper. Utah, "RA." We will soon be 
solid. Expect to verify this in next issue. 
Mr. Glasser and Mr. Harper are only wait- 
ing for pay-day, and Mr. Collins has al- 
ready filled out and mailed his blanks. 
Bros. Clark and Brown deserve great credit 
for keeping the boys lined up in their office. 

Grand Junction. Colo., "JN." For the 
first time in several months we are pleased 
to state that we stand 100 per cent This 
was made possible by Bro. Maid, from Rldg- 
way, relieving Mr. Hltt. who went to the 

Salaida, Colo., "S." As heretofore, we 
are solid and waiting to see what our little 
old assessment will do in the way of bring- 
ing down the high cost of living. 

Bro. Smith is promoting a big oil game 
in the Big Muddy, and accepting all appli- 
cations for carbon oil. "Smithy" says they 
are going to have oil in six n\onths. Al- 
though we know his Judgment is good, we 
hope they don't strike any water holes. 

Pueblo, Colo., "SB." Bro. Reynolds left 
the early part of the month with Bro. Ful- 
ton, to line up the Rio Orande Southern, 
and have made it solid with the exception 
of one office, which they expect to get in 
the near future. 

Bro. Moore has put Bro. Penny on the 
late trick now, but he don't care as long as 
the new raise comes along soon. 

Mr. Reynolds, from the Santa Fe, man- 
aged to hold on here about five months, a 
little longer than usual, but when he went 
to "DC" his days were numbered, as he 
only lasted a few days. 

Denver, Colo., "DC." This office boasts 
of being "solid," something it has not been 
able to do for some time past. The boys 
seem to be full of enthusiasm and hopeful 
for our new schedule. Bro. Carlisle says 
the tour days Christmas vacation was Just 
a starter, but working the time back was 
worse yet, and he is waiting for the twenty- 
six-day month. 

Bro. Compton is back at the key for the 
first time in several years, but feels well 
satisfied, worHJug anjpngst » solid force. 

X9AV. f UlllU^t «T\/«AI1.1B I.UW 

says a twenty-slx-day month will have a 
thirty-day month beat all to pieces, presum- 
ing he will sleep the other four. 

Bros. Lutz and Gordon sure keep the 
squads cleaned up, and make a pretty good 
old team. 

Bros. Day and Hawkins leave together 
at 4 p. m.. to go home and play with the 
baby, but Bro. Day says it is more fun to 
send fifty-one rei)ort8 to Bro. Mogle, at Salt 

As the general committee has gone to 
Denver to meet the management for a new 
schedule, we should all try and keep Divi- 
sion No. 49 up to a high standard. We are 
strong at this writing, but as there are a 
few nons we should all keep after until 
they fill out their blanks. Their excuses 
are threadbare, and it should be explained 
to them that their only way of getting an 
increase is through the Order. 

Liet us all co-oi>erate and work hard for 
a solid front. The increase we are sure is 
coming, will more than repay us for any 
and all efforts put forth. Csrt. 656. 

Southern Pacific Ry., DIv. No. 53. 

Lo9 Angeles Division — 

Our meeting, Saturday night. December 
29th. was well attended and thoroughly 
enjoyed by all, between fifty and sixty being 
present, including several ladies. 

Meeting called to order by lir^ i>«okln 
son at 7 :55 p. m. Bro. Chaffee elected sec- 

Local Chairman Geiger read the entire 
wage scale for the Los Angeles Division, 
which was interesting to everyone present, 
as a great many had not yet heard what 
the salary rating was to be for their posi- 
tions. This was followed by a discussion 
as to the manner in which overtime was 
to be computed, which is explained in our 
copies of the new agreement as well as 
interpretations on the different articles. The 
twenty-six-day month seems so exhilarating 
to us all, that as yet we can hardly realize 
that it's really true. 

Bro. Dickinson called upon all the mem- 
bers who had any exception to the wage dis- 
tribution to state them, and Bro. Jones, of 
El Centre, desired an explanation why some 
of the agents received five-dollar increases. 
This information was given by Bro. Geiger, 
who also gave us some interesting sidelights 
on the difficulties they had in arriving at a 
satisfactory wage adjustment with the offi- 
cials representing the company. 

A vote of thinks was i>assed to Bros. Ham- 
mond and Geiger for the able manner in 
which they handled the settlement, and It 
was the consensus of opinion that the final 
adjustment of salaries was very fair. 

Handling of the United States mail was 
then brought up, and some discussion arose 

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as to just what the word **handle*' means In 
the aerreement, but the matter was dropped 
until we could get a definite decision. 

Overtime for asrents now working ten 
hours 'where the company had not as 
yet Instructed them to worlc elgjht hours 
was talked over, and the general opinion 
prevailed that in all such cases the men 
would each be entitled to two hours over- 
time daily from time the agreement takes 
effect, September 1st 

Bra Dort then gave us a little talk about 
our deceased Bro. Wilson* and a collection 
was taken up to furnish temporary relief 
for the widow who is left in destitute cir- 
cumstances, which netted forty-five dollars, 
and the local chairman was instructed to 
start subscription papers over the division 
to raise more for this purpose and give those 
absent an opportunity to contribute. 

The meeting adjourned about ten-thirty, 
all present seeming well satisfied that our 
long anticipated raise was about to "come 
our way." 

Considering the fact that the meeting was 
called on short notice, we had an excellent 

We regretted very much that we were not 
honored by the presence of Bros. ^ Manion, 
Cull and Hammond, but business prevented 
their attendance. 

Miss Lyons, daughter of Bro. Lyons, of 
"HU" office, favored us with several selec- 
tions on the piano at the close of the busi- 
ness, which were enjoyed by all, and we hope 
she will be kind enough to give us some 
more music at our next meeting. 

We are grieved to chronicle the death of 
Bro. Wilson, which occurred on his sixty- 
eighth birthday, December 19th. He had but 
recently applied for a pension, as he was un- 
able to longer continue in his position of 
second trick operator at Burbank, wh^re he 
has been working for the past seventeen 
years. He is survived by his 'mother, over 
ninety years old, his wife and daughter, a 
sister and a brother, also an operator, who 
is still in active service in Georgia. 

Bro. Wilson entered the service of the 
Southern Pacific in 1876, and with the excep- 
tion of about one year, has been continuously 
with this company. He worked at Keene, 
now called Woodford, when that place was 
the end of the line, also at Tracy, Lathrop, 
San Lorenzo, and other places in that vi- 
cinity. He opened the station at Tustin when 
that line was built, later working other sta- 
tions near Los Angeles, then going to the 
San Joaquin Division. He was one of the 
pioneer operators in this part of the state, 
and saw this system grow from a very small 
one to one of the largest In the country. He 
was well acquainted with many of the older 
ofliclals of the Southern Pacific, who helped 
make its history. Several years ago, while 
at Burbank, he rendered heroic service by 

saving the lives of a train crew, when he 
derailed and ditched a string of runaway 
cars, thereby saving a bad collision with 
probably fatal results. We will all miss Bro. 
Wilson, for we had become accustomed to 
look upon him as a permanent fixture at 

The biggest thing in our new agreement 
is the twenty-six-day month. If any one had 
told me a few years ago, that in 1918 we 
would be enjoying an agreement calling for 
overtime for all Svnday work, I would have 
thought him the victim of a badly diseased 
imagination, or crazy with the heat, for even 
dreaming of such a thing as a twenty-six-day 
month for railroad "brass pounders." 

Brothers, we should now show the com- 
pany that we appreciate our good working 
conditions, and be sure to always give eight 
hours work for eight hours pay. Don't 
skimp on giving good measure, but if you 
work overtime, turn It in and get pay for 
it. We expect the company to live up to its 
part of the agreement, and of course, we 
must live up to ours. 

We were all filled with grief (?) when 
we discovered that some of the nons received 
only five dollars increase, while most of the 
brothers got at least ten dollars. Some of 
the nons have publicly lamented the fact, 
that they were so meagrely remembered, 
having doubtless cherished the hope that the 
company would make special effort to re- 
ward them for so persistently refusing to do 
anything to assist their fellow workers. It 
is rumored that some of them are beginning 
to see the light, and going so far as to talk 
about getting a card. Some of them, of 
course, consider It a sinful waste of money 
to Join the O. R. T., when they can sit back 
and reap the benefits for nothing. A "gink" 
with a brain of that size wouldn't be much 
use to the organization if he did succeed in 
prying himself loose from the price of a 
card. One individual, who holds one of the 
best telegraph jobs on the Los Angeles Divi- 
sion, says he Is going to quit the O. R. T. 
because he only got a five-dollar increase, 
while the other two jobs at that station were 
raised ten dollars. As he took out one card 
just previous to our getting the 1918 sched- 
ule and got his next and last card when 
we were starting after the new agreement 
last spring, the brothers can all see what 
a dire calamity It will be for Division No. 
63 when this faithful member pulls out and 
leaves us to face the future without his 
valuable assistance. At present he Is be- 
moaning the fact that he paid In the price 
of two cards to the short time of nearly 
five years, a scandalous waste of good money. 
Won't mention his name In this write-up for 
some of you might 8U8];>ect me of practicing 
undue favoritism in devoting so much space 
to one Individual, and he a "slacker," but In 
some of these write-ups am going to men- 

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list b 
he slackers 

loosen up 
e fortunate 
hand 'em a 
tment, and 
t that they 
backs Just 
tiare of the 
which has 
ich tremen- 

our work- 
^ears. We 
ake life so 

that they 
L some se- 
I to death. 
> second by 
.a' vacation 

hry at San 
as bumped 
) extra list, 
limed from 

uUy, SLgent 

rent Palm 

cond there, 

his wife's 

ingeles, by 
igeles. We 
:s had the 
d feel sure 

I Corps at 
} with his 
t "NG" on 
i fine, and 

evins Bro. 
3t., for two 
ris, now a 

>rking local 
2, Sheldon, 
k, and at- 
>s Anff«les. 
many let- 
ffood work 
IS, and has 
»n of local 
ikless Job" 

S of Somis, 
3 have him 
became de- 
but showed 
by imme- 
ras back in 

Esan, a new man, to sixth indio, wno wui 
line up pay day. 

Bro. McBay returned from his trip Bast, 
displacin^r Bro. Sullivan days Santa Ana, to 
second Shorb. 

Mr. Oavin, who tried breaking in as dis- 
patcher in I4OS Angeles, is back on second 
Ventura again. Ho];>e he will blow some of 
his back overtime for a card, and while he 
is about it, coax the other two nons there 
into coming in with us also. He was relieved 
at Ventura by Gage, from the Great North- 
ern, who promises to do U^e necessary as 
soon as he gets the price. 

Was pleased to receive a telephone call a 
short time ago from Bro. Badgley, now on 
the pension list. He was located a number 
of years at River Station, afterward bidding 
in Duarte agency. We owe a lot to Bro. 
Badgley and the other oldtimers who worked 
so faithfully to make Division No. 53 what it 
is today. Hope to see him and his wife at 
our next meeting. 

It is now Bra C. F. Willard of Downey 
again. Bro. Willard showed his heart was 
in the right locality by rejoining, and also 
paying up both the back assessment and the 
last one of three dollars. That's the right 
spirit, always be willing to pay your share, 
and you will always have the respect of your 
fellow workers. 

Bro. Hough, second Ogilby, received the 
sympathy of all while sick in bed with lum- 
bago, relieved by Bro. Haworth, who after- 
ward relieved Bro. Wayman, on second 
Pomona, laid up with a bad attack of sore 
throat, and later relieved Bra Bberhart, 
agent Montalvo, a few days. 

Assignments : First tricks — Calexico, 
Hardesty; Oxnard, Hickman; Salton, 
Schwartz; Iris, Phegley. Third tricks — Iris. 
Taylor; Calexico, B. S. Allen; Somis, Seib; 
Shorb, Moore; Burbank, Burroughs; Walnut, 
Barrett. Third tricks — ^Niland, Bobbins; 
Amos, N. D. Pritchett; Bertram, Wells. 
Indio, Farwell; Palm Springs, Jones; Chats- 
worth, Haworth; Biver Station, Weight; 
"NG,' Los Angeles, Liddy. Fifth tricks— 
"NG," Los Angeles, Ellison; Colton, Rowe. 
Sixth trick — Colton, Culley. Operator — ^Ini- 
perial, G. A. Parr. Agents — ^Eldom, Noel; 
NordhofT, Hanson; Coachella, Moretand. 

Bro. Culley, on return from sick leave, 
relieved Bro. Doty at Colton, a few days, 
on account of sickness in his family, before 
taking sixth there. 

Bro. Ellison and wife, of Owensmouth, re- 
cently called on Bro. and Mrs. Dickinson, of 
Lios Angeles, and all spent a pleasant evening 
taking in a picture show. 

Bro. Dort, of Burbank, has announced his 
intention of trying for a prize for secur'ing 

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new members this year. Any nons who hap- 
pen to re€ul this, hustle around and send 
your applications to him. 

Bro. J. P. Sullivan, second Shorb, recently 
experienced some excitement with a hold-up 
man. During; a luU in business about 8;40 
p. m., while he deeply engrossed ngurins 
out how much bcusk pay he had cominij?, he 
was rudely awaked from his dreams of high 
ilnance, by the gruff command of, "Hands 
up." delivered by a tough looking individual, 
who emphasized his demand, by pointing a 
wicked looking six-shooter directly at Bro. 
Sullivan, who, realizing that a person of his 
build could never hope to escape being hit 
if any shootlzig took place in his vicinity, 
obeyed the command without any undue 
hesitation, and endeavored to come just as 
near reaching the fly specks on the ceiling, 
as possible. The robber then came behind 
the counter and after getting the comblnatipn 
of the company safe, rifled it and the Wells 
Fargo box, which he pried open with the 
stove poker in one hand, while with the 
other he kept his artillery trained upon our 
unfortunate brother. After securing thirty 
dollars, the gunman commanded "Sully" to 
follow him outside, then faded away in the 
foggy night. Several days afterward the 
man was captured at Riverside, after hold- 
ing up the Santa Fe operator there. The 
constable, who effected the capture, had a 
narrow escape, as the robber shot a button 
off his coat at close quarters. Bro. Sullivan 
has identified the mas, and all our brothers 
who work night tricks feel a little easier 
now that he is in ctistody, as there are sev- 
eral of them who can't begin to reach as 
high as "SuUy" did, 

Bro. Steere and family, also Lineman 
Sbepard and family, recently spent the eve- 
ning with Bro. and Mrs. Dickinson, and a 
pleasant time was enjoyed by alL 

In a former write-up I referred to Oper- 
ator Barrett as a brother, but wish to cor- 
rect that, as have found he is a non. Hav- 
ing been acquainted with Mr. Barrett years 
ago, when he took pride in having an up-to- 
date all the time, I had no idea that he had 
allowed himself to become delinquent, and 
hope he will soon get lined up again. 

Mr. Gage relieved Bro. Hanson at El 
Centro, when the latter went to Nordhoff 

Our new seniority list contains 286 names, 
the largest number of operators ever on the 

The new telephone dispatching circuit is 
now in operation, and the brothers and sis- 
ters on the district between Colton and 
Indlo are learning to wiggle their toes when 
working with the dispatcher. 

Bro. Farwell displaced Bro. Herring, on 
third Indio, who relieved Bro. Burroughs, on 
fourth there, ^hen the latter went to second 

Don't forget to send in the three-dollar 
assessment Not a man on the division but 
gets a whole lot more increase than that 
each month as a result of the good work 
our committee has accomplished. 

C. C. Dickinson, Div. Cor. 


Whbbsas, God has called to His eternal 
rest our esteemed Bro. T. L. Wilson; there- 
fore be it 

Resolved^ That Division No. 68, of the 
Order of Raih-oad Telegraphers, extend to 
the bereaved family their most sincere sym- 
pathy in this time of sorrow; and be it fur- 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions 
be sent to the bereaved family, a copy placed 
on the division minutes, and a copy mailed 
The TiLBQRAPHER for publication. 

E. L. DORT, 

F. B. Wright, 
C. C. Dickinson, 


We wish to express our thanks to the 
members of Division No. 63, O. R. T., for 
the beautiful floral piece and the kindness 
rendered to us in behalf of our dear hus- 
band and father. 

Mrs. T. Lh Wilson, 
Mrs. Lucdbl Lanb. 

Sacramento Division — 

We have the best schedule in the world; 
a big statement, but absolutely true. 

No doubt many members will say we 
should do all in our power to show the com- 
pany our appreciation for the increase in 
pay and working conditions. When you «ay 
that, you are knocking your own Order. We 
should show our appreciation to the Order. 
The S. P. Co. has never given us anything 
voluntarily. This was proven Just before the 
first O. R. T. agreement was signed. A cir- 
cular was sent to all telegraphers stating 
that they must go before a notary and swear 
that they did not belong to the O. K. T. 
and that they did not want the O. R, T. 
to legislate for them. Too many men held 
cards, however, and the circular was re- 
called. The company again proved that it 
would not voluntarily give us anything when 
the bonus was distributed. We will receive 
ours as back pay, not as charity. 

Bro. Walter D. Oakes, Cert. 21, agent Ban 
Lomond, Coast Division, who recently visited 
relatives and friends on this division, com- 
menced work in 1879 and went to end of 
track on construction of the G. H. & S. A., 
under Superintendent. Strobrldge, in the 
spring of 18S1. He was the pioneer operator 
for the S. P. into El Paso, from there to 
construbtion on the Mojave desert in 1883. 
The S. P. built from Mojave to Needles. He 

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was train operator between Gk>ffs and Need- 
les, from there to construction out of Red- 
ding: in 1884. He was telegraph operator 
for the superintendent of construction of the 
California & Oregon out of Redding. Dan 
Williamson was agent at Redding and Geo. 
Taylor agent at Red Bluff at that time. 
J. B. Wright was division superintendent 
at Sacramento and the "old timer/' Robiln, 
was train dispatcher. It was interesting to 
hear him tell of parts of the road that were 
narrow gauge when he started to work. The 
baggage car doors were so low they did not 
need a truck; they did not sell tickets off 
the road and billed freight to terminals for 
revenue billing. Bro. Taylor, now at Ocean 
View, is the oldest member of the Order 
on the Coast Division, and Bro. Duffey, 
agent Dutch Flat on this division, has 
seniority which dates from August 16, 1875. 

The old-timers who held ut>-to-datea when. 
If known it meant discharge, are the ones 
who deserve credit. There are several on 
this division. They not only held cards at 
that time, but stiU hold them and have never 
been delinquent. Also, some of them have 
never bothered the local chaimmn with a 
grievance. Our local chairman does not re- 
ceive a salary. All he gets is pay for time 
lost and expenses, postage and his union 
dues. We should not ride a good horse to 
death. He Is continually bothered with 
grievances which should be handled by the 
parties direct. 

The young members deserve credit so long 
as they held cards and helped pay for the 
committee, but the ones who did not do this 
deserve anything but credit. 

It is my understanding that the govern- 
ment has assumed all of the contracts. We 
know that our Order has contracts in Can- 
ada and Mexico and that we can find broth- 
ers on any road in North America. Most 
of the roads in Canada are government roads 
and they have good schedules. 26 -day month 
and good pay. 

Upon our local chairman's return from 
San Francisco, he relieved Fingland, third 
Roseville, so that he could take his assign- 
ment in Sacramento; and, as Bro. McNeil 
had overlooked an order on the Stockton 
division and was taken back to work with 
the understanding that he could not handle 
train orders, he took the local chairman's 
job, there being no orders to handle on it. 
Bro. McNeil's case has been taken up by 
the local chairman and we expect to see his 
seniority restored, also the right to handle 

In dividing the money, our local chairman 
did his best, considered no one personally, 
b^'ing guided by the information blanks and 
from what he personally knew of the posi- 
tions; as it was the position the salary was 
made for, not the man occupying it. If you 
don't like the Job. bid in another. 

All of the members did not respond to the 
assessment levied in January, 1917. Now we 
have another assessment of |3.00. Those 
who do not pay are liable to suspension. The 
money you spend on an extra cigar every 
day would more than pay your dues and cost 
of $300 insurance, 4 cents per day. The back 
pay alone, averaging about |70, will pay O. 
R. T. dues and insurance for more than 
four years. It was possible for us to get 
even more than we did if we had been lined 
up better. The non not only hurts us, but 
hurts himself. 

It costs money to maintain a committee 
for months. Ask any of the train or engine- 
men how much they paid for the "Big 4" 
committee, and you will see why they get 
returns. Future committees on this road 
wiU be the "Big 5." 

After you receive a copy of the new agree- 
ment, figure your time since September Ist 
according to it, and the difference in that 
amount and the amoimt you have already- 
received, will be the amount of the back 
pay. If you are an extra man and deadhead 
from one station to the next, make out a 
slip for it. As soon as you receive the new 
schedule, study it and ask the local chair- 
man concerning anything not fully under- 

Hang to the orders and overtime slips. 
The local chairman will get them allowed if 
they are returned. We did not get all we 
were after. There is no danger of us get- 
ting too much. 

No report on the N. & D. fund this month. 
The balance Is the same as last month, |7.00, 

The Oakland Polytechnic is teaching 
telegraphy; the Miller School in San Fran- 
cisco is also turning out "hams,** and I 
understand a former agent at Red Bluff is 
the teacher. 

The meetings, held at the Travelers Hotel 
on December 23 at 3:00 and 8:00 p. m., Sac- 
ramento, were only fairly attended. Bro. 
Watson, from San Francisco, secretary of 
the reduced general committee, explained all 
the new things which we gained. Those 
present at the afternoon meeting were: Jim 
O'Connor. B. D. Mullins, A. Bundy, H. M. 
Baxter. Sid Bamer, J. M. Cleary, our local 
chairman, and Bro. Watson. Those present 
at the evening meeting were: R. V. Moore, 
W. B. Fynn, R, E. Fry, B. Q. Byers, J. M. 
Cleary, J. S. Quire, H. W. McBeil. Jhn 
O'Connor and H. M. Baxter. The new 
schedule was discussed and explained so 
that everyone could understand what was 
coming to them. 

Recent initiations: C. O. Thompson, Sac- 
ramento; Miss May H. Southern, Auburn; 
G. B. Hobbs, Rocklin; G. C. Cryder, Rose- 

Bro. York, from some division East, Is at 
New Castle, and Bro. McNett, from the O. 
W. R. & N., is at Summit. 

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A. C. P. R. brother is on* third at Chlco. 
Bro. Fox, who could not handle the tele- 
gTSLphing there, went on extra list. 

Bro. H. S. Doyle, Cert. 802, ol Myndus, N. 
M., a one-man job and a good one, wishes 
to trade with someone on this division. Par- 
ticulars by U. S. mall. 

Bro. Schneegas is at Los Banos on the 
Stockton Division. 

Bro. Perciful is attending the dynamite 
trial in Sacramento, relieved by Bro. Ammoa. 
of the W. P.. a former S. P. telegrapher. 

Mr. Sumpter, staff operator from Fulda, 
is now among the telegraphers working 
third Smart. 

Mr. Sackett is on third Emigrant Gap 
and Mrs. Aske on second. 

Sister Wells, of Spruce, had the kids up 
for the holidays. 

Fuld will soon be a^ solid ae Soda Springs. 

Bro. Garoutte is now chief caller at Blue, 

Bro. Rector, first Andover, spent the holi- 
days with his parents at Lodi, relieved by 
Bro. McNett, who later relieved Bro. Purcl- 
ful a few days. 

Bro. Kuhn reports his wife steadily recov- 
ering and that she will soon be back at Gold 

Bro. Dusher, second Blue Canon, wishes 
they would move the staff crane. He claims 
championship as a mcu^thon runner. 

Tours truly got chills and fever and had 
to take to the hills for a rest, relieved by 
Agent Brewer and Coyle, a new man. who 
later opened Arbuckle (new) nights. 

Our local chairman has been called to 
active service in the navy, having signed up 
for that branch shortly after the trouble 

My name appeared in the Sacramento Bee 
recently in the draft list. 

Read section 73, page 77, of the constitu- 
tion and mall your news to me at New 
Castle, my new job. Our local chairman 
and Bro. Dusher are the only ones who 
donate news. 1*11 promise another write-up 
next issue, even though I have to mail it 
to St. Louis from Prance. "MN." 

Weetem Division — 

Bro. C. S. Wood, Hay ward, i:ecently re- 
ceived a check for $96.30 back time in full 
for his grievance covered by Article 5. 

Bro. Turner, third Oakland pier, called 
E3a«t suddenly, Ylnger relieving. Bro. Nel- 
son relieved by Helgren on third Pittsburg, 
went to first Dixon; Bro. A. J. Trudell, from 
the C. P. R., relieved Bro. Fallys at Pitts- 
burg while he was away adjusting wage 
schedule; Bro. Wilson, on leave several 
months, was relieved by Bro. McTeam, now 
on third Martinez, a new position: Wood, 
from the S. P. & S., to second Bay Point 
and A. H. Mastln, from the Santa Fe. to 
Russell days, pending bulletin. 

Other assignments : L. Dyer, Bd. San 
Franciso. Tel — Russell, J. P. Fernandez. 
Agencies — Suisun, EL D. Rockwell; Martinez, 
L. W. Brison. vice Bro. H. H. Tice, to travel- 
ing auditor. Portland Division; Dixon, K L. 
Bryan ; Bay Point, M. Purcell ; Davis, F. L. 
Montague. Tel-clk — Napa, L. V. Cox. Sec- 
ond tel — Newark. J. L. Farria; Bemicia, M. 
J. Kochman ; Dixon, O. S. Bass. Third tel — 
Pittsburg, F. J. Vargas. Tel. Remount and 
third Altamont, no bids. 

The new rules are now In effect. Too much 
care cannot be taken figuring out the back 
pay, as there are several ways of comput- 
ing it. 

Wm. M. Falls^ Local Chairman. 

Portland Division — 

In my write-up for November I had Bro. 
Sprinkle. He has made applications for 
blanks, and we hope it will be "Bro." 

Bro. E. A. Miller, first Junction City, Is 
on 30 days' leave, relieved by Bro. Law- 

Bro. Applegate, second Oregon City, has * 
joined the army, and is stationed at Van- 
couver, Wash. Bro. Promm, second Albany, 
and Bro. Ghormley, second Eugene, have 
joined the "Radio" service, and are sta- 
tioned at Mare Island. We wish them all a 
safe and speedy return. 

Three tricks at Halsey, Bro. Dannon, extra 
agent. Geo. L. McRay, from "GN," on third 
and Bro. Curts, on second, Bro. Clay Moody, 
extra there, transferred to Timber pending 
bulletin. Bro. Dannon at Halsey, is doing 
his little bit lining up the nons. 

Bro. Tyson and wife are now settled down 
at Wood burn. Bro. Tyson on second, hav- 
ing been at Bar View for the past four 
years. Bar View recently abolished. 

Bro. Darling, first Salem, on a ten days' 
leave, relieved by Bro. Darland, from "KC" 

Bro. Boyd, our popular chairman, has just 
been over the line after receiving the new 
schedule, and reports everything lined up 
in fine condition. We will soon be 100 per 
cent on this division. 

Bro. Summers, first Grants Pass to Leb- 
anon agency. Bro. Cady, extra agent there 
at Lebanon for some time, assigned to 
Drain second. 

Bro. Miller, Banks, Ore., bid in second 

Bro. D. R. Livengood, from McMlnnville, 
was a recent Lebanon visitor. 

Bro. Wilson, agent Halsey, assigned "KC" 

Bro. Geo. M. Leslie promoted to traveling 
inspector, with headquarters at Portland, in 
charge of the territory of the Portland Divi- 
sion. Brothers on this division are sure 
pleased to see George get the position, as 
he is always "up-to-date." We all wish 
him success. 

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jf Tehachapl, 
visiting Mo- 

9 Mojave sec- 
ond, relievingr Bro. H. A. Stanford, who en- 
listed with "Uncle Sam." We wish him a 
safe and speedy return. 

Bro. Davis, of Lang, was relieved a few 
days by Mr. Mason. 

Bro. Martin, dispatcher, spent a few days 
in Los Angeles recently. 

Bro. Black passed through Mojave Jan- 
uary 13th, en route to Brown, to relieve 
Bro. Doyle a few days. We certainly were 
pleased to meet him. 

Bro. Castle, of "Vincent, secured two new 
members since the first of the year. 

Bro. McOandles^ now seems well pleased, 
as Is Sister Watts. 

When men leave Mojave they always have 
an O. R. T. card, owing to the winning 
smile of Manager Bro. LIston. 

Bro. Gibson, my assistant and myself, will 
be pleased to have all the notes we can get 
from the boys along the line, it only takes 
a minute. 

In the new schedule we obtained the fol- 
lowing positions on the Sunset : Agent Taft, 
$175.00; operator-clerk Taft, $115.00 ; agent 
Maricopa, $18S.OO ; operator-clerk Maricopa, 
$115.00; agent Fellows. $146.00. On this 
division we were given Lone Pine agency, 

The amount awarded this division ex- 
clusive of the Sunset was $20,208.00 per 
year. The amount for the Sunset was 
$876.00. Amount given us in adjustments 
was $372.00. 

Special a.s8essments levied in February, 
1917, have all been paid up except Bro. .1. A. 
and Sister N. S. Cooper; Bro. A. B. Ijoomls ; 
Bro. "Judge" O'Neill, and Bro. C. B. Tyler. 
We hope to receive their remittances soon. 

The following brothers have enlisted, and 
on the division service flag stars will be 
shown for them : E. W. Collins, J. P. Cor- 
coran, L, Curry, H. L. Haage, R. A. Hill, 
E. R L, Jones, T. H. Krim, W. J. I^wls. J. 
B. Putnam, C. H. Reeves, H. A. Stanford. 

The service flag will be made as soon as 
the local chairman gets the materials, and 
will be displayed at all our division meet- 

The following are new brothers since the 
first of the year: W. E. Scott, C. M. Love, 
O. A. Ames, B. Trumbo (transfer), A. N. 
Peters. R. A. Griflfln. 

The meeting at* Bakersfleld, December 
30th, was not very well attended. Our local 
chairman worked hard to get the meeting in 
shape so we could be enlightened on mat- 
ters pertaining the new schedule and in- 
creases secured. Those at the day meeting' 
were : Bros. True "K" Nejedly, of Warren ; 
Wilson, of Waits ; Jarboe, of Fresno ; Dona- 
hue, of Armona, and Gallion, of McFarland ; 

at the night meeting Bros. Day and Collins, 
of "K." Shay of Edison; Hood, of Fresno, 
and Liston and Huckeby, of Mojave. Of 
course, our Local Chairman, Bro. Cartt, at- 
tended both sessions. All enjoyed a nice 
time at Bro. Day's expense. We were 
all loaded for questions, but only about four- 
teen showed up. Want all who can pos- 
sibly get away to come to our meetings, 
as it is the best way to keep up interest In 
our organization. There was also a meet- 
ing at Mojave the last Sunday in January. 

Bro. Martin, fourth "K." while dispatch- 
ing, was relieved by Corwin. 

A lot of the boys are getting more than 
dispatchers, so there is not as much desire 
now as In the past to get into this line of 

Some of the nons now working almost a 
mint, but won't cut loose of enough to be 
up-to-date. We must keep after them. 

Agent Lary, of Acton, has been off five 
months working for a gravel company at 
Monrovia, but have been unable to get Ac- 
ton on the bulletin. If we don't get it on 
February bulletin, will turn it over to Bro. 

Urie, who bid In Springvllle, writes that 
he Is $500.00 In debt, and can't see his way 
clear to join. 

Parker promised our local chairman over 
a year ago, while at Pixley# brushing up on 
Morse, after working wireless for Uncle 
Sam, that he would "come in pay-day." Keep 
after him. 

Bro. Starkey is on third Bealvllle; Bro. 
Peters at Clovis ; Bro. E^nnls at Delano ; 
Bros. Griflin and Underbill, on second and 
first Marcel, and Bro. Douglas is agent at 
Famoso, pending bulletin, relieved on third 
Goshen by Bro. Harry Galyan. 

Bro. Shay Is at 'Edison agency, pending 
change. Bro. Cooper, working 4 p. m. to 
12 night (third trick), before taking the 
agency. Sister Cooper on 12 night to 8 a. m. 
(second trick). We are trying to get these 
numbers adjusted to conform with all other 
positions. The bulletins are always con- 
fusing when tricks are numbered backwards, 
and for this* reason it Is desired that num- 
bers be reversed. Sister Coopers' trick being 
called third, and the one vacated by Bro. 
Cooper called second. 

Bro. Jepeen Is now agent at Fellows, vice 
Famham, who enlisted. 

Bro. Mainland is agent at I^one Pine, vice 
Porter, who took Bro. Mainland's job at 

With the exception of Uzzell and Wright, 
of Maricopa and Taft, the Sunset is solid. 

Bro. C. F. Baughman is second wire chief 
at Bakersfield, and Quinlisk second wire 
chief at Fresno, pending bulletin. 

Bro. H. A. Stanford, of Mojave, is now 
with "Uncle Sam." Let's hear from you. 

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boe, fourth Fresno, hours 
n., hour off for meaU with 
from October 6, 1916, 
places with some brother 
Division: take it up with 
iph Office, FYesno, Cal., S. 

lied home to FYesno, owing 
serious illness, is back at 
•elieved by Bro. Haines, re- 
:e. relieved by Bro. Hutche- 

tried three times to en- 
im," and recently resigned 
me, has gone to the West- 
no. We hated ^to see him 

him success, and hope to 

lo went to Marcel second, 
'rlftnt by Burfln. 
Isalia ; Scrivener. Lln.^ay ; 
le, and Bro. Wangatt, of 
to work tricks. Hemem- 
>ys, "no card J no favors." 
irorked hard and benefited 
mts having returned to the 
^ding in vain 'for months, 

old saying more homelike 

;nam, writing from Amer- 
» Lewis, sends "78" to all 
\ that they drop him a line. 
)r neighbor to Bro. Collins 

orking "K" fourth, has the 

> "CO" is going to install 

5 Valley. Boys, you may 

!)y answering up promptly, 

expense isn't necessary. 

1 Chairman Mallachowitz, 
\ recent Bakersfleld visitor. 

anxious to get back to 
^elng at Fresno several 

^sis made happy Christmas 
rife arriving at Exeter from 

elieved at Fram by Bro. 
been East for several 
Bro. Frank Nejedly, at 



ick with pride on the prog- 
past year and realize what 
,e card has brought us. We 
60,000 strong; a branch of 
len; and a part of over 
employees. Our organlza- 
eaps and bounds of 1,155 
1. A doctor learns his pro- 
iloma showing he has taken 

a four or five-year course at medicine. He 
administers to try to save life. A teleg- 
rapher spends as much or more time in 
thoroughly learning his profession too. He 
must perform accurately his duties. He does 
not try to save lives. He dare not make a 
mistake, his responsibility is not one life, 
but hundreds who depend upon him for ac- 
curate work. Suppose we should charge 
from $25.00 to $100.00 for taking a train 
order. You smile. Suppose like a doctor he 
forgot to deliver that order and suppose it 
were a positive meet, what would be the 
result? The world is getting more intelli- 
gent each day. We hope to see the humble 
operator tote his sheepskin showing his pro- 

Christmas did not pass anyone up this 
year worthy of the raise and back pay our 
committee secured for us; to each member 
of which we extend our thanks. We have 
a schedule at present surpassed by no road 
in the United States. We will keep this 
place and go higher. Understand since Qovt. 
took over the roads we will get even better 
than our agreement calls for. The man 
that hangs out and does not support the 
Order ought to be ashamed to ask for the 
back pay the committee secured for him. 

The attendance at the meeting Sunday, 
December 23rd, owing to holiday trains be- 
ing late, was not as expected. Local Chair- 
man Walters, a member of the reduced com- 
mittee, went over the agreement Just fin- 
ished. Those present were Bros. Bailey, 
Foster, Thomas, Vail, Nichols, Hendricksen, 
Harris and Joyce, all South E}nd men, Bro. 
Nichols arranged for the use of the meeting 
room, which we all appreciated and thank 
him. After dinner we had a group picture 
taken. We then marched back to the meet- 
ing room and listened to the translation of 
the rest of the new schedule. The boys are 
generally well satisfied with its provisions, 
although we wanted a straight $90.00 
minimum. The working conditions are bet- 
ter than the salaries. 

Another meeting was called at Duns- 
muir, but No. 22 was late and had to post- 
pone it. 

A runaway box car from Dunsmulr re- 
cently made twenty-four miles an hour until 
it hit the deraller at Sim's, jumping twenty 
feet from the track into the clear. A couple 
of light engines on the pass track and a 
doubleheader on the main line got out of the 
way Just in time. 

It is now Bro. T. J. Thomas, second Weed, 
who has only been here two months. We 
extend him a hearty welcome, and hope he 
will be one of our strongest members. This 
makes Weed solid. It is also Bro. O. N. 
Kramer, agent, and Bro. H. E. Kerr, oper- 
ator, making that place solid for the first 
time In a long while. When Davis left (Ber- 
ber it placed them also on the solid list. It's 

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small pickings now to find a non. Kennet, 
for the first time in years, was made solid 
by I. D. Meller joining. 

Agent Picksthom, at Dunsmuir, and 
Heisinger, at Steinman, are the only none 
now besides a few new men, who usually 
join soon after going to work. 

Bro. Mitchell joined last month, making 
Cottonwood solid. 

Brothers recently transferred from other 
divisions are: O. S. Aldrlch, Howell, J. B. 
Young, R. O. Williams, H. Ormiston, Arm- 
strong, Johrholm, and Bagby. Bros. Long- 
mire, Li. C. Oslander and B. A. Cober have 
not translerred yet, Bro, Joyce resigned. 

Bro. O. S. Aldrich relieved Bro. Howell, 
at Qerber, a few days, owing to the illness 
of his wife, at Portland. 

Bro. J. B. Young, Division No. 126, re- 
lieved Davis, who went to Tuscan Division, 
on account of his wife's health. 

Longmire goes to Cottonwood agency, vice 
Douglas, to Anderson. 

Bro. Mitchel relieved Bro. Thomas, on 
second Poster, a few days, then went to 
second Red Bluff. Bro. Beverldge has Ijis 
family with him at Smithson, relieving Miss 
Stella Girard, who went to Edgewood third. 
No news from the North End. 
Bro. J. Hannan, t6 third •*DR," relieveil 
at "BO," by Bro. H. N. Sommers. 

Bro. A. L. Johnson, in the hospital three 
weeks with pneumonia. Is back with us 

Bray, agent Bro. H. Armlston, from C. B. 
A Q., Gillette, Wyo., relieved Bro. Davis, 
later bid in by Bro. Longmeyer, succeeded 
at "CD" by Bro. L. N. Corbey, from ML 

Bro. C. P. Cusick bid In Edgewood 
agency. Bro. A. L. Foster, on second. 

Bro. L. C. Oslander, *'OWR," bid in third 

Bro. Tuttle bid in Gazelle, another dis- 
patcher back to the fold. 

On account of the brothers not sending 
in their assessment of |5.00, we are again 
assessed $8.00. Do you brothers who have 
not paid up think It Is right for those who 
did pay up, to stand all this expense? Pay 
your way, you are being reimbursed this 
amount each month twofold. What's worth 
doing at all is worth doing well. 

R. H. H., Asst. Chairman, 

Cbrt. 1771. 

Tuc9on Diviaion — 

Enthusiasm was stirred up here when our 
genial and forceful local chairman, Bro. 
Bechtel, paid us a visit, and incidentally 
called the boys together for a chat and a 
discussion and explanation of the rules In 
the newly amended schedule. 

On account of the short notice we were 
unablfl^to get any of the outside boys in, for 

which we were very sorry, but "UN" was 
fully represented by all except the three 
men on duty at the time. In addition we 
had Bro. "Colonel" Smith with us. 

The meeting was called to order promptly 
at 7 :30 p. m., by Bro. Bechtel, Bro. Robe- 
son acting as secretary, the others present 
being Bros. Duell, Meadows, Stanley, Kislig, 
Meacham, Kitchen, Gray and Smith. 

Bro. Bechtel gave us a nice talk on the 
proceedings at S. F., the new schedule, and 
other things of general Interest. 

The following resolutions were adopted : 

Moved by Bro. Robeson, seconded by Bra 
Duell, "That the members present, desire 
to express their appreciation for the efficient 
and satisfactory manner In which the sched- 
ule negotiations were brought to a conclu- 
sion by the reduced general committee with 
the valuable assistance of Vice-President 
Bro. Manion." 

Moved by Bro. Meadows, seconded by Bro. 
Stanley, "That the members present desire 
to express their appreciation to the man- 
agement of the local Y. M. C. A., for their 
donation of the use of their assembly room 
for holding of the meeting, free of charge, 
and other kindnesses shown us at various 

"Colonel" Smith gave us a few interest- 
ing reminiscences of the old days in "UN/* 
when the boys worked twelve hours a day 
for a maximum salary of $95.00 per month. 

At 9 p. m., the meeting was adjourned, 
and all left with renewed spirit of loyalty 
to the Order and to our employers. We feel 
that we have been treated well by the com- 
pany, inasmuch as they have granted us the 
improved working conditions, and will do 
our best to pay them & good interest. In 
Increased effort in our work. 


Local Chairman. 


Acting Secy. 

Tucson Relay Notes — 

Bro. B. M. Stanley, manager "UN," has 
been confined at St. Mary's Hospital with a 
severe cold, relieved by G. EJ. Gamer, and 
he by Bro. C. L. Robeson, relieved on sev- 
enth trick by Miss Blimtach. We hope for 
Bro. Stanley's speedy recovery. 

Bro. Spaulding, relieved on third "WC," 
by Bro. Kitchens pending bulletin. Two 
new tricks opened on account of Increased 
business, were filled by Bro. Gray, from 
Oklahoma, and Bro. McCormick, from Cali- 
fornia, other tricks being filled by Bro. 
Meacham and Duell, Bros. Meadows and Kis- 
lig bidding in eighth and ninth. Miss 
Gladdys Bluntach, from the "WU," helped 
out a few hours daily until Bro. Stanley's 
return. Bro. Mooney, from vacation, bid In 
fourth trick. 

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Secretary and Treasurer "Busy Energetic** 
^fason passes out the good word that Sys- 
tem Division •'Fighting 64*' can win the 
Krand prize offered for the best division In 
the U. S. A.. If we start now to make it so. 
The Dakota has recetred an influx of new 
material that should Immediately join our 
"Army" as sisters and brothers. Have 
mailed nearly every one of them a set of 
blanks, and a sufficient number of reasons 
why they should make haste to join imme- 
diately. Fee for February Is $16 :50 and 
^larch $16.50. With one of the best sched- 
ules in the Northwest, which includes a 
minimum of $80.00. a twenty-six-day month, 
eight-hour day, overtime for all Sunday 
^work, increased overtime rates, and calls 
with other betterments any one of which Is 
an argument within itself, no one should 
remaUi out. You members are lacking in 
appreciation for what the committee has 
done for you in the last three months, If 
you fail to "do your bit'* for the Order, help 
line up the nons and work that much harder 
for the N. P. Ry. 

Chief Dispatcher H. W, Gillette writes me 
that it is very probable that the N. P. can 
in the next ninety days take care of at least 
thirty good Morse telegraphers, and local 
chairman should advise all members on their 
divisions if they have any friends now em- 
ployed elsewhere, or in other lines of busi- 
ness, who desire to locate on a good road, 
to communicate with Mr. Oakley D. Johnson, 
superintendent of employment bureau, at St. 
Paul, Minn. 

We welcome one of the old timers of the 
Dakota, Bro. John Ireton, agent Goodrich, 
back to the flock. John said these Increases 
were coming too fast for him longer to 
ignore his duty to the O. R. T. We likewise 
extend the glad hand to Bros. Jacob 
Scharosch, K, L. Smith, Geo. Olson, and A. 
V. Flowers. Come on boys and girls, "fall 
in" for roll calL 

We are in receipt of cards from Bros. R. 
L. Wilson and Chas. E. Kltner, now at Sig- 
nal Corps training school Fort Leavenworth, 
sending "73" to the boys. Also Bro. D. 
Chas. Poindexter, In the same service at 
Camp Custer, Thlrty-flrst Co., Eighth Bn., 
One Hundred and sixtieth Depot Brigade, 
Battle Creek, Mich. Carry on, brothers, we 
are with you in spirit. 

Bro. J. A. Berdahl, agent Stanton, called 
Bast by death, was relieved by Sister Bessie 
Dallier for a week. 

Bro. Harry Flowers returned from Glen- 
dive Hospital to Killdeer, but soon leaves 
for third Bismarck. Bro. Harry Raeshke 
^ets second there. Both Harrys are ardent 
O. R. •T. boosters, and will do the Dakota 
much good in the future as in the past. 

Bro. H. L. Matson, agent Dodge, got all 
worked up when he opened a car of com- 
pany lignite and found the body of a mur- 
dered man lying In front of the door. 

Bro. W. H. Millard and wife, of Hazen, 
attended Masonic doings at Kflldeer over 
night recently. 

While Bro. L. Q. Brewster, agent Cannon 
Ball, was on the sick list with la grippe, his 
daughter, Miss Maude, ran the station for 

Fred Thimmesch, who returned from the 
West, and relieved on second Bismarck; 
Harry Rannestad, on second Windsor, and 
N. O. Parr, recently returned from hos- 
pital, all promise to send their blanks In at 

I would especially call your attention 
again to Bro. Sam Johnson's article or pre- 
amble in the December Tblboraphmi and ask 
a second reading. Let it soak In, then let 
all of us try to practice that efficiency, cour- 
tesy and betterment of the service so ear- 
nestly suggested by the man who has to 
stand or fall on that platform when nego- 
tiating for further improvements In our 
schedule. In the past pa«t five years I have 
always Injected some bit of like suggestions 
in my write-ups, hoping to eventually put 
the Dakota in a class by Itself with cour- 
teous, gentlemanly and proficient, par ex- 
cellence agents and telegraphers. That we 
have succeeded to a large extent has been 
very gratifying. That there remains room 
for Improvement is Inevitable. 

I have been furnished a good supply of 
late seniority lists of January 1st, which I 
am mailing out. Should I miss anyone, 
write me. Note all nons are (•)*d. Will 
advise monthly when the prefixes are to be 
taken away. Let us hope they disappear 

Have appointed Bro. A. L. Warren, agent 
McKenzie, and Bro. Q. L. Berqulst, "J" of- 
fice, as assistants, who will co-operate with 
me In "making history" on the Dakota In 
the next three months. 

Bro. H. S. Schmoldt, relieved as agent 
Montpelier, pending return of Bro. F. A. 
Ward, when he went to Denfoff to re- 
lieve Bro. E. H. Wagner. Bro. B. K, Con- 
ley is still agent at Ft. Rice, but soon ex- 
pects to hit the main line. C. R. Jolley, 
second "JY" office, promised to line up by 
the first. Bro. Ross ought to bring both 
Jolley and Mark Sexton in, since recent big 
increases. They should make their prom- 
ises good. Bro. J. W. King, relieved at 
Regan by A. M. Thune, who later relieved 
Bro. Evans, at Hesper, ten days. Bro. N. 
H. Collins is now agent at Wing, Bro. Lem- 
burg to Pettibone, vice Bro. Lee transferred 
to Montana Division, and Bro. A. E. Soder- 
holn to agent Melville. Mrs. C N. (Una 
Vera) Hendrix, is now agent at Arena, and 
hope soon to be calling her sister. If all 
come in that have faithfully promised we 
will have some list for next Tbleqraphisr. 

Miss lona Bolton is relieving on third 
Wlnd.sor. Miss Irma Ingalls, who relieved 

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em Pacific Ry. ; the grievances, and hustling 
new members takes a great deal of my time 
when off duty. 

There will be a report of the flower fund 
in this issue of the Journal. If you see any 
mistakes, kindly write me, so that I may 
have them corrected. We wish all the 
brothers and sisters to support this fund ; 
it is only ten cents a month. If anyone 
knows of a member who is sick at any time, 
kindly get word to me please that I may 
order flowers for them and let them know 
they are remembered. That is what this 
fund is for, most particularly, and we do not 
want to overlook anyone entitled to its bene- 
fits. I have had no report of a member 
being sick for sometime past ; I trust no one 
has been overlooked. 

BYatemally yours, 

L. C. Carlbton^ 
L. C. O. R. T.. Mont. Div. 

Montana Division Notes — 

Is the Sunday overtime worthy of men- 
tion? Be your own Judge, and spend part of 
the first month's benefits therefrom for a 

Bro. Tietz went East for a few days, re- 
lieved by Miss Henrietta Troup, who later 
relieved Bro. McDonalds, at Big Timber. 

Bro. Crane has a new buzs cart, with no 
.speed limit thereon. 

Bro. Atwell opened up the new agency at 
Louisville recently, and is now settled down 
for business. 

Mrs. Carll, on two weeks' vacation, re- 
lieved by Miss Craig, later by Miss Hazel 
Troup, she later to third **CJ," relieving Sis- 
ter Schroeder, who spent the holidays with 
her folks in Billings. 

Bro. Godfrey and Miss Larson, extra at 
Lombard, the latter being relieved by Bro. 
Swarts on his return from a visit with his 
folks in Washington. 

Miss Sutherland returned January 7th, 
from a visit with folks in Hamilton, reliev- 
ing Miss Dillon, who, with Miss Brecken- 
ridge and others, whose names we did not 
learn, went to the Pasco Division. 

Bro. Sieffert, on vacation back East, re- 
lieved by Lewis, from the Postal ; Mr. Mc- 
Carthy a new man, relieving on first "S," 
later returned to the Butte mines. 

"KD" Laurel yard, now solid O. R. T. for 
the first time in a long while. Let's try and 
keep it that way and have more of them in 
that class. 

Bro. and Mrs. Hoover, relieved by Bros. 
Haley and (Sodfrey several weeks, on account 
of the sickness of their two months' old baby. 

Sister Huelhan is relieving at "AU" and 
"CO," while living quarters are being ar- 
ranged at "GN." 

Bro. Orman, relieved thirty days by Sister 
Marie Ehlers. 

"ME" and "RD" second, closed January 
7th, Bro. Turvey bumping in at "CJ," and 

myself bidding in first "RD." Sister Turvey 
will resign soon to join her husband at 

Bro. Carleton reports seven applications 
sent in January l$th, not including the fol- 
lowing, who have since sent in their papers, 
Messrs. Corbin, Atkins, and Lewis, and the 
Misses Sutherland, Glasgow, Henrietta Troup, 
Mrs. Dillavou, and perhaps others I haven't 
gotten a line on. Instead of the ladies weak- 
ening our xmion, as many of the boys feared, 
they are going to make us stronger, the way 
they are lining up, sis they not only realize 
but appreciate the benefits thereof. 

F. A. Pamsworth and W. C. Bremigan and 
Bro. J. F. Jones one set, cut off in the dis- 
patcher's office, January 16th, victims of 
force reduction, understand they all went to 
the S. P. Two tricks also cut off in "VS," 
and two in "KD." 

Note the appointment by Bro. Carleton of 
four assistant local chairmen, not only they, 
but each of us fellow-workers can be of great 
help to our worthy local chairman. F^w of 
us who realize the amount of work he has 
to do in common with his own, and not many 
of us would dig in as he does, without salary 
for so doing. The least we can do to show 
our appreciation thereof is to do our bit to 
help him. 

Bro. A. C. Lyssow, now at Camp Lewis, 
sends regards to his friends on the division. 
Mr. Hanifen has enlisted in the wireless, and 
left February 1st for final examination at 
Frisco. He will be with Bro. Unger and 
others from this division at Mare Island, Cal., 
if he passes. 

Bros. Frank Gabriel and Roger Barr seem 
to like Laurel exceedingly well, spending 
most of their Sundays there. "There's a rea- 
son," and It isn't "Postum" either. Bros. 
Gabriel and Hynes when they invite a friend 
to dinner take him to the best "GrlU" 
in town, but how did they know I didn't have 
the "px"? 

Sister Morrison, visiting relatives at Co- 
lumbus two weeks, relieved by Sister Gene- 
vieve Glasgow. 

Bro. and Sister Lofgren were recent visi- 
tors with Bro. and Sister Turvey. The two 
brothers caught some large fish, but lost the 

Bro. Ranger, extra "CO," later went to 
third "CH" extra. 


Yellowstone Division — 

With the adoption of our schedule effec- 
tive January 1st, we claim to have the 
best and highest paying one in the United 
States, and should have the best and big- 
ge.«?t roll of O. R. T. operators. 

The nons are henceforth going to get 
more attention than previously, and we must 
.see that nothing is left undone to bring 
them in. It is more than ever the duty of 
each member to find out who the nons are. 

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and then keep after them (especially those 
working at your station.) The local chair- 
man will gladly furnish you with the names 
of those to go after. 

We are in receipt of a letter from our 
local chairman advising us that our divi- 
sion will require about thirty competent 
telegraphers within the next ninety days. 
Any brother or sister telegraphers who are 
looking for one of the best paying jobs in 
the country are requested to make applica- 
tion to Mr. O. D. Johnson. N. P. Ry. Em- 
ployment Bureau, St. Paul, Minn. All te- 
legraphers are paid overtime for Sunday 
work, and but two offices on this division 
are closed on Sunday; these two jobs pay 
a minimum of |87.50, including free rent and 
fuel. All other jobs pay from $101 to $110 
per month, many of them including living 
accommodations and fuel. 

All main line subdivisions are represented. 
in this write-up, for the first time in a long 
while. This is due to the fact that a few 
of the brothers sent in some notes. The roll 
of honor contributors for this month are: 
Bros. Tronstad, Swain, Desforges, and Gru- 
man. Thanks, brothers! and come again. 

Bro. Fisher, who has been in the Signal 
Corps for the past three months was dis- 
charged on account of some slight defect in 
hearing which escaped attention at his 
previous examinations. He is back on first 
Kichardton. He regrets being unable to con- 
tinue in the military service, and says he 
met several "NP" men while there, among 
them Greo. Dye, our former lineman, who is 
now captain of the linemen there. He 
.««peaks very highly of the life there, and 
says all the boys seemed well contented 
with their new life. Bro. Fisher's return 
to Richardton put Mr. Pierce on second, vice 
Mrs. Pierce to third, vice Mrs. Stockman on 
leave absence. 

Bro. "Squint" Robertson, GlenuUen third, 
has gone to St. Paul to enlist in the Signal 
Corps, if successful in passing examinations. 

Judson oflflce was open two nights on ac- 
count of the recent derailing at Sedalia. 
C. V. Claflln on second, and Miss Balltrushut 
on third. 

Bro. Rhyner, of Hebron third, visited 
friends at Curlew recently. 

Bros. Pombert, Nelson and Swain were 
busy filling out their questionnaires recent- 

Bro. Nelson and Miss Smudlach, second 
and third Hodges, were relieved by Misses 
Woods and Foreberg a few days during the 

Bro. Cooper, first Beach, took a trip to 
Miles City recently to have his eyes treated. 
K. R. Buntin out of service. Second Beach 
on bulletin. 

Bro. E. H. Gilbert, first Sentinel Butte, 
relieved a few days by Miss Miller. 

Bro. P. J. Gallagher appointed agent 
Medora; no bids and position three times 

Bro. Julian, second Fryburg, says since the 
Sunday overtime, "Thia is the best country 
in the world" (outside of the Ozark Moun- 

Bro. Desforges, agent South Heart, thinks 
we have the best schedule ot any road in 
the United States, and we can put in with 
him on that. 

Word has been received that Bro. W. E. 
Shoqulst. now with the U. S. Signal Corps, 
arrived in England December 2nd. 1917. 
Bro. Shoqulst writes, that he likes military 
life very miich, and has had many experi- 
ences which he is not allowed to write about. 
He says he feels full of fight, and is itching 
to get to the front. 

You, brothers and sisters on the second 
sub, mail in some notes, either to Bro. T. 
E. Swain, at Yates, Mont., Bro. H. A. Des- 
torgcs, at South Heart. N. D., or to Bro. 
E. H. Murray, at Hebron, N. D. We are 
going to make a greater effort to give you 
a good write-up each month, and need the 
help of every one. Let's get after, and keep 
after the nons until they all take out cards. 
Our President Is depending upon organized 
labor to play a big part in winning this war, 
and the operators who join the good old O. 
R. T. and pull together with one accord will 
be doing a patriotic duty. 

Conlin and Hoyt, third subdivision closed, 
and Marsh opened by Katheryn M. Doherty, 
Ethel M. Tribble, and Anna B. Eichorn pend- 
ing bulletin. 

Bro. Metzger, from first Hoyt, bumped 
into first Allard, Bro. Pombert bumped Bro. 
Parslow, from second there, who bumped 
Bro. Hitchcock on first Tusler. Mrs. E. M. 
Vetter bumped Miss Margaret Brown out of 
second Colgate. 

Glendive "Gi" will soon be solid. It is now 
Sister Miss Elsie Pahl. making Sanders of- 
fice solid. The lining up of new members 
on the road Is progressing splendidly, and 
with the assistance of the entire member- 
ship we should soon be 100 per cent solid. 

Dispatcher Perry, seriously ill at N. P. B. A. 
Hospital, relieved by F. G. Little, on third 
sub. We hope for his speedy recovery. Bro. 
L. C. Pope and M. A. Smoot are breaking 
In as extra dispatchers on third and fourth 

C. E. Nelson, agent Forsyth, quarantined 
with .smallpox, relieved by A. Hoffman, 
cashier from freight depot, and he by Mrs. 
J. Larson. 

Mrs. Mason, "PF' third, relieved during 
holidays by Miss Pettit, who later relieved 
Miss Irene Connelly, second Big Horn, off 
to school at Glendive a few days. 

Miss Susan Olson, Big Horn third, on a 
short visit east, was relieved by Miss Schultz. 

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Miss Tribbl6<vi£ited with friends in For- 
syth, relieved at Marsh by Miss Shay. 

Bro. Flanagan, of Worden, owes a letter 
to Bro. E. H. Murray at Hebron. 

Assignments: Medora, Agent- Operator P. 
J. Gallagher; Telegraphers, third tricks — 
Beach, E. E. Cavanaugh; Zero, Harley 
Stevens; second tricks— ^Colgate, Margaret 
Brown; Terry, W. R. McChestney; Beach, 
E. B. Fishback; Medora, E. T. McCormick. 
Up for bids. Marsh Agent- Operator and 
Marsh second and third. 

Div. CoR., Cbbt. 891. 

Seiittle Diviaion — 

The meeting held at New Richmond Hotel, 
Seattle, Sunday, December 17th, was called 
to order by Local Chairman Bergum at 1:00 
p. m. Those present being: Sister Lieeper, 
Bros. Stoneburner, Eko, Carr, Kruger, Her- 
berg, Swanson, Campion, Acldey, Bell and 
Kallander. It's a long way from Auburn to 
Seattle for some brothers, but the distance 
from EUensburg and Cle Elum not too far 
for members of the Ackley and Leeper stand- 
ard. Several letters were read by Bro. 
Bergum, one in particular, which had the 
approval of members present, regarding the 
dispatchers calling on the signal maintainer 
and his wife at Covington for information 
pertaining to the movement of trains by 
telephone, and they are still performing this 

The senibrity list matter was taken up, 
and after arguments pro and con, a motion 
was made by Bro. Eko and seconded by 
Swanson, that the lists be printed in book 
form, the same as last year, with the cert, 
number opposite each meml^er. and the mo- 
tion carried; also that seniority lists be sent 
to members only, who had contributed to 
the local fund.- 

Brothers and sisters pay up your local 
fund dues and get an up-to-date revised sen- 
iority list Remember, printing comes high 
these war times; it takes money to make the 
flivver go (not the mare). 

Motion made by Bro. Campion, and sec- 
onded by Carr, that Bro. Bell write a letter 
of thanks to Mr. McCormick, proprietor 
New Richmpnd Hotel, thanking him in be- 
half of the Order for the use of the room 
(which was^ given free). Motion carried. 
Brothers should remember Mr. McCormick 
when in Seattle, and looking for a good room 
from a good fellow. 

There is some talk of having regular 
monthly meetings at different points along 
the line. This is a good idea, as it keeps 
up interest among the members. If this is 
done, all members who can possibly attend 
should do so, and not oblige a few brothers 
and sisters to keep life In the good old Or- 
der on this division. Let's all pull together 
and make Seattle Division 100 per cent 
strong. All the new "Op's" coming on this 
division seem to be willing to Join, and they 

should be asked, and furnished blanks, which 
will be furnished us' by our local chairman. 
G. S. & T. Bro. Mason, or if in a hurry, 
write to St. Louis direct for them. Every 
station should have at leajst two sets of 
blanks. We can't do business without them. 
Bro. J. W. Parks, an old timer on the 
Seattle Division, has gone into the radio 
service. We all wish him a safe, return to 
his old stamping ground. We will miss that 
old familiar sign "OK:. R." 

Bro. Cosgrove, from second Bast Auburn 
to days, Sumner. There being no bids on 
the former on flrst bulletin, on the follow- 
^ing bulletin Bro. Cosgrove, bid back to his 
old love, relieving Sister Morgran, from 
Black River second, who went there pending 
bulletin, and later went to the S. P. & S. 
temporarily, on account of our trains running 
via that line and Vancouver, Wa^h., owing 
to the numerous washouts between Seattle, 
Tacoma and EUensburg. The line is OK 
between Seattle and Tacoma now, but the 
EUensburg line Is still out of commission 
between there and Thorp. We wore with- 
out any train service for several days, tele- 
graph and telephones all being done for 
three or four days, after the severe storm 
of Decemberst 21st. The north end was 
washed out between Maltby and Snohomish, 
and the round house at Everett by the Sno- 
qualmie River. January 6th the Bellingham 
Branch was reported impassable until fur- 
ther notice. 

Gayer left the service without securing a 
card, as he promised, got his stake and 
beat it;* think he meant all right, but was 
ordered to M^artin, and rather than go, he 
quit. If this meets Bro. Davis* eye, he will 
wonder why, as he spent about Ave years 
there before Joining the colors, and you 
could not drag him away from the snow- 
capped Cascades. 

MofRtt to second Black River, succeeded 
on third Martin by Griffin from the Big "G" 
(GJi). He Ims promised to take out a card 
pay day. 

Our new and revised schedule, effective 
January 1st, 1918, Just received and she is 
a dandy. Twenty-six working days, with 
pro rata time for Simdays, with a minimum 
of $82.50 for twenty- six days. Bro. Sam 
Johnson is some live wire, and don't forget 
he saw far enough ahead to got there before 
Government control, which would have 
caused some delay. The nons now have no 
excuse for not Joining, and we should see 
that they line up. 

I have Just finished reading Bro. John- 
son's writeup In December's Telbgraphbr, 
regarding operators interfering with lady 
operators, or foners, and I think I can truth- 
fully say for Seattle Division "NOT 
GUILTY." As Bro. Johnson says, they 
should be given a helping hand, "boosted," 
not knocked. 

Supt. McCullough, Puget Sound Division, 

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has been appointed Supt. Terminals of 
Seattle, for the four roads, under Govern- 
ment control, O. & W., Mllw., Q. N., and 
N. P. All wiU use King St. Station. 

On January 10th we ran our first train 
through to Ellensburg via our own line;, had 
been using: the Milw. from Baston for three 
or four days. This news may look useless, 
but it will not be for the brothers who 
have Joined the colors. 

Bro. Swanson, third Auburn yard, gave 
us a Christmas eve surprise by wedding Miss 
Norine Fern Rainey, of Auburn, at the home 
of the bride's mother, at 7 p. m. Mr. Ken- 
neith Hodge being best man. Both bride 
and groom are among the best known of 
Auburn younger set, Mrs. Swanson being 
bookkeeper in the Citizens' State Bank. We 
wish them all the happiness possible. 

Jack Bassett, dispatcher at Seattle for 
years, has resigned to enter other business. 
We are all sorry to have him leave, but wish 
him success. 

Second Black River closed temporarily 
owing to the shortage of operators, Mr. Mof- 
fitt going to second East Auburn, on ac- 
count of the resumption of passenger traffic 
that had been tied up for twenty days. Third 
Ravensdale also closed, Gress to Palmer Jet., 
days, temporarily, Mr. Quinn being loaned to 
S. P. A S., to keep Sister Morgan company. 
It is impossible to get a day off on account 
of the scarcity of men. There is plenty of 
work for good O. R. T. members on this di- 

Zider, first Spokane Ave., has resigned, 
causing no regret from any of the employees 
of this pike. 

Bro. Hansen, first Martin to Sumner days. 
W. M. Hope to second Hartford. Someone 
see that he is up to date, if not put him 
that way. 

First Martin and Spokane Ave., and Ros- 
lyn days on bulletin. 

Remember the slogan: SIXTY THOU- 
DREID EIGHTEEN. It can be done. 


Seattle Division Local Fund — 
Statement as of January 1st. 1918: 

Cash on hand last report | 89.48 

Balance Bro. Webber's note 2.80 

Local dues to date 13.50 

Notes on hand 41.50 

Total i 97.28 


Stamps and cash book $ 1.25 

November expenses 4.60 

Notes on hand 41.60 

Cash on hand January 1st 49.93 

Total I 97.28 

Fraternally yours, 

C. H. BELL. 

L. S. & T. 

Tacoma Division — 

The meeting at Centralia, on January 12th, 
was well attended by Bros. Carr, Brodie, L. 
C. and E. T. Wyse, Runyan, Cole, Patterson, 
Robey, Weyand, Long, Henderson, F. T. 
Wright, and Parkinson. Just thirteen. The 
two faithful Sisters. Carr and Cole, attending 
the ladies' auxiliary side of it, had a very 
enjojrable program during the evening. They 
were entertained by a male quartet, also 
some piano solos by Sister Cole. I wish to 
especially urge the sisters to attend the meet- 
ings called by the president, and each one 
come prepared to do your bit of service as 
well as entertainment. There are great pos- 
sibilities in these meetings, and a little enter- 
tainment will stimulate the interest. Broth- 
ers, put the bonnets on your auxiliary mem- 
bers and bring them along; you will all be 
glad you came, and make me sorry that I 
have to stay at home. 

Bro. Parkinson was unanimously elected 
local secretary and treasurer. His address 
is Napavine, Wash., and he wUl be anxious 
to make out a lot of receipt cards for your 
social fund dues, send them in for the fol- 
lowing six months, or year. The purpose of 
our social fund, the dues of which are ten 
cents a month, payable semi-annually or an- 
nually (donations always welcome), is for 
purchasing fiowers for members or their im- 
mediate relatives while sick, or for funerals ; 
and for members in financial distress who 
wish to borrow money to pay their initiation 
fees or dues to the O. R. T. Our treasury is 
in excellent condition, but it could be twice as 
strong if all members would remit their dues 
as conscientiously as they remit rent to the 
landlord. Whil^ you think of it-^make up 
your remittance right now and send it In, 
then you won't feel like a "slacker" when 
you see a pretty bunch of posies delivered to 
some dear friend of yours. 

Bro. Nason has named 1918 "O. R- T. 
Year," lot us catch his enthusiastic spirit and 
help him accomplish his aim. Do a little 
personal organization work and send some 
particular non a weekly letter, until you land 
him. There are not many left, and in an- 
other year you won't have a chance to write 
to a non because there won't be any. The 
past year alone has given us enough am- 
munition to batter down the biggest fortress 
of excuses. Let's show Bro. Nason that this 
division CAN become solid O. R. T. during 
this year. Get busy. 

Congratulations to Bro. Gaudette, second 
Rochester. The happy bride was Miss Vine 
Harrison, of Gate. This explains Bro. G&u- 
dette's inability to remain away from that 
part of the country. The Tacoma Division 
wishes the happy couple a long and happy 

Bro. Stanley relieved Bro. Sherwood, agent 
Sixth Ave., while he and Sister Sherwood 
spent a pleasant vacation visiting relatives 
and friends in Wisconsin. Bro. and Sister 

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Tompkins are touring the Elast. Sister Tomp- 
kins relieved on second Sixth Ave. by Miss 
Sinsobaufi^, relieved on third by Miss Olsen. 

Our sympathy goes out to Bro. Weyand, 
third Centralia, who recently suffered the loss 
of his mother. 

Bra Graybeal, agent St Clair, was re- 
lieved a few days by F. E. Smith, during the 
final illness and death of his wife, Sister 
OraybeaL The entire division keenly felt the 
loss of this beloved sister, and extends Its 
heartfelt ssrmpathy to the bereaved brother. 

Third Montesano dosed temporarily during 
the washouts on the main line and Sister 
Rubish going to Kelso, where she and Bro. 
Dickinson worked twelve-hour phifts during 
the congested period. Miss Stringer, who 
went to second there, found the Morse too 
much of a bugaboo, so she was sent to sec- 
ond Bucoda. and left the occupants of Kelso 
to double again. 

During negotiations last fall the officials 
made the boast that they could make oper- 
ators in thirty days, but they have discovered 
that it is impossible to make even the "OP" 
of an operator in thirty or even in ninety 
days. It takes time to make a good oper- 
ator as well as good wine. The company's 
estimation of good telegraphers ought to be 
"ace high" by this time. 

Vancouver Junction closed, Bro. Shinn to 
Woodland, temporarily. 

The requirements of Centralia office were 
so numerous that it was necessary to put on 
two extra operators there. Bro. F. T. Wright 
taking first, and Sister Mielke second, Bro. 
Carr working a twelve-hour shift at Olympla. 

Bro. Adams to third Gate, vice Sister Vose 
from third, relieving him on second, vice 
Masecer, a new man« who later relieved Bro. 
Smith, on second Aberdeen Jet., thence t& 
South Tacoma. 

I would like to know If the pronunciation 
of "camouflage" Is camouflaged, or if it Is 
pronounced as it looks? 

Bro. Robey on the sick list a few days, 
was relieved by Slpprell, who promises to 
get a card soon. 

Bra Leahy, on second Bucoda temporarily, 
relieved on third Tenino by Mrs. Leahy, who 
will be with us shortly. Bra niick, second 
Tenlna relieved by Bro. Leahy. Bro. Snead, 
West Tenino, bid In second "WR" office. 

I am greatly Indebted to Bro. HartI for 
notes this month. 

B. A. MiBLK9« Div. Cor. 


Whsreas^ The Father in His great wis- 
dom has decided to call unto Himself the 
wife of our beloved Bro. Graybeal ; and 

WwKRMAS, We, the members of the North- 
em Pacific Railway, Division No. 54, Order 
of Railroad Telegraphers, bow in humble sub- 
mission to the will of Him who doeth all 
things for the best ; be it therefore 

Resolved, That we extend to Bro. Gray- 
beal our sincere and heartfelt sympathy in 
his very sad bereavement; and be it further 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions 
be forwarded to Bro. Oraybeal, a copy spread 
upon the minutes of this division, and a copy 
sent to Thb Tslboraphxr for publication. 

B. A. MlBLKS^ 

J. C. Snsad, 
T. H. RiTCHni^ 


Paeco Diviaton — 

Several students along the line breaking 
in Miss Mae Dellon and Miss V. Craig, at 
I^ha, will both Join shortly. Mrs. Levesy, 
wife of Bro. Levesy, at Lind, is breaking in 
there. Providence is solid except a student 
breaking In there. Sister Dawley, first. Sis- 
ter Rueir, second, and Sister Sal Smart, third, 
that office looks good to anyone. 

Sister Lydia Waybill, second Cunningham, 
relieving Sister Pierci, is engaged to wed 
sometime in June. We wish her much happi- 

Bro. and Sister Duggan, first and third. 
Cunningham, who bid in second and third 
Gibbon, gave it up on account of school. Two 
tricks at Hatton ; Bro. B. R. Plercl agent, and 
Sister A. C. Pierci are working the other 
shift from 6 p. m. to 8 a. m. Trains have 
been tied quite awhile on account of the 
washouts. The N. P. and other western rail- 
roads have had "some time of it" this winter, 
but it's looking good again. 

Bro. Donohoue Is on first Connell ; Bro. 
Madden, second there, bid in Pomona third. 

Bro. L. B. Tipton, third Connell, is plan- 
ning on getting a Ford. Miss L. Hughes, at 
Vale, has promised to Join shortly. I haven't 
heard the name of her student yet. 

Miss Hughes is relieving Sister L. Young 
for sixty days, taking In the sights \ at Seat- 
tle and Sound points. 

Bro. D. Beattle, agent Mesa, is busy these 
days on account of the pit having been 

Bro. Crow is agent at Bttopia. 

Sister Blla Collins and Bro. Sigmon, dis- 
patcher Pasco office, were recently married. 
Congratulations from the Pasco Division. 
Sister Griffith, extra, relieved Sister Collins 
on first Glade, with Miss Florence Touey on 
second, and Bro. J. Korb on third. 

Several of the brothers were called to the 
S. P. & S. to help out during the washouts, 
including Bro. J. Korb, Bro. Geo. Schrader, 
and our Local Chairman, La Marche. We 
are glad to welcome them back again, but 
the war will probably capture a good many 
of them. 

Bro. M. J. Garwood is on first Pasco yard, 
and Bro. Scanell on third. 

Bro. Geo. Schrader and Bro. Howbrook 
are on second and third Badger, Sister Chad- 
wick, of Parker, went on the day shift, while 

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Bro. Chadwick and Bro. La Marche were 
over on the a P. ft S. during the washouts. 
She i8 getting to be some operator. Sister 
V. Marshall is on the "Owl" shift at Alfalfa. 

CJebt. 768. 

Telegraphers, Idaho Division — 

In previous issues of Thb Telegrapher^ 
especially those of the last half of 1917, I 
attempted to awaken an interest in all teleg- 
raphers, members and non members, in the 
work required to make this "a solid division." 
In each of these appeals, I asked for your 
untiring support; that you lay down your 
personal doings, put one hand to organizing 
and the other to bring in the ** delinquents." 
In brief, I solicited your assistance to wipe 
out "delinquency" and procure the applica- 
tion of EVERY NON to start out 1918 with 
a clean slate, with no delinquents and no 
material to work on whatever. Many of the 
brothers and sisters responded with their 
utmost effort to accomplish this feature, to 
whom I am grateful for the interest shown. 
There are some who seem willing to, "let 
the other fellow do Mt" and I ask that you, 
who are unable to overcome this idea, to 
read what "Mack" has to say relative to or- 
ganization in the December Tblborapher^ 
page 1783, where you will note some very 
interesting facts concerning the life of "Or- 
ganization," how it started and smoldered 
along until the brisk winds fanned it into a 
blaze and brought it out to its present stand- 
ing In this world of strife for our very exist-, 

Our committee with the backing up of all 
EXCEPT the nons, has secured Sunday over- 
time for all telegraphers under the schedule ; 
an increased overtime rate to forty-five 
cents ; an increased rate of calls to sixty-flve 
cents; took care of the six-day positions, 
which would not benefit by the Sunday over- 
time, and secured for them a flat increase 
of five dollars, and likewise brought conces- 
sions to the relay department, which the 
nons gather into their pockets and say: "/ 
am fust that much better off." They may be 
so financially, but their friends look upon 
them doubting their manhood. Brothers, we 
must see that they show some consideration 
for these benefits BY JOINING THE OR- 
They are eating the fruits of the tree planted, 
nurtured and cultivated for years by you 
who have waited and watched for it to bear 
the ripened fruit. Other branches forming 
on this tree and Its development will be has- 
tened by their support. Are you going to 
continue In the same old rut? Let us prune 
and care for it until it blossoms and blooms 
out into the world. 

The delinquents are causing us time, 
trouble and money to obtain their payment of 

past dues, hindering the progress of the good 
work that has been accomplished In spite of 
this weak point. Our past two revisions have 
brought them an increase of twenty dollars 
a month, sufficient to pay their dues of twelve 
dollars a year, ON THB DATS THEY BE- 
COME DUB. Their weak method of taking 
care of that which brought them this in- 
crease, is an obstacle that is bound to retard 
our progress. They are among the first to 
look into the revised schedule, to see how 
much of an increase they received. Com- 
pare present working conditions with those 
of a few years back when O. R. T. was not 
so prominent on the N. P. system. Our fu- 
ture activities will spell the answer, and the 
same applies to alL 

The Idaho Division has had the honor of 
carrying the largest per cent of membership. 
Let it be the first to have a solid division, 
and lead all the other divisions of the entire 
Northern Pacific System, and enable Division 
No. 64 to lead all other divisions. Your 
unanimous support will accomplish this, and 
I request you, brother and sister members, to 
do your whole duty, and see that the nons 
and delinquents on Division No. 64 do theirs. 
Bar these names from the records of this 
division. Put It down in history, then tear 
out the page. 

Tours most hopefully, 

R. B. IRWIN^ L. C. 

Idaho Division Notes — 

Bro. W. EL Floyd, Paradise first, was off 
a few days to register under the new Cana- 
dian conscription laws. Mitchell transferred 
to Childs, relieved by P. F. Ebert, and Bro. 
Geo. Muldoon to third Yardley, relieved by 
Thompson, another newcomer. 

Sister Olson to third Placus, vice Miss 
Murphy, resigned. 

Sister Jenson relieved Mrs. Stevens, third 
Eddy, Mont., a few days, on account of sick- 

Bro. Fauss, third Trout Creek, threw it up 
for extra work, relieved by Bro. S. J. Henry, 
later transferred to Otis agency temporarily, 
relieved by Sister Margaret Kay. 

Sister Katheleen Kirk on short vacation to 
the East, relieved by Bro. M. E. Anderson, 
third Cabinet. 

Bro. A. Younker relieved Mike Schroder. 
third Hope, on trip to Spokane. 

Second and third Athol closed temporarily, 
while Bros. Anderson and Younker went to 
the S. P. & S., a few days; later opened 
with Bro. S. J. Henry on second and C. W. 
Harrison an oldtimer on the N. P., on third, 
who will line up shortly. 

Otis aj^ency closed, Bro. Henry to third 
Yanlify, relieving Thayer, a new man, re- 
signed and returned to Denver. Later Bro. 
Henry relieved Bro. Johnnie Schroeder, who 
answered the call of the colors. 

Trains were detoured thirty days owing to 
the washout of the Beaver Creek bridge. 

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Assingments : Agent — Operator Johnston ; 
Bro. W. Q. Mays. Telegraphers — ^Wilbur to 
Bro. G. L. Gray. First trick — Marshall, Bro. 
K. O. Hansel. Second tricks — Pullman, R. B. 
Beseke; Plains. Bro. A. Sater; Athol, Bro. 
Lfc A- Griffith. Third tricks — Plains, Mike 
Schroeder; Athol, Bro. C. V. Fauss; Coco- 
laJla, Sister E. C. Olson; Trout Creek, Sister 
Tessle Jensen ; second and third Paradise un- 

I am indebted to Bros. Williams and Tay- 
lor for items this month. Nothing from the 
VTest E3nd. Brothers on the East End are 
setting the pace for those on the West End. 
Let's hope the latter will follow in close. 

Dnr. CoR. 

Idaho Dtviaion Local Fund — 

I^ocal fund to December 31, 193 7, inclusive 

as follows : 

Received from all sources, to 
December 31, 1917, inclu- 
sive $121.10 

Disbursements previously re- 
ported I 47.55 

Seniority lists and postage 

for 1917 4.96 

Flowers for sick member. . . 2.00 

Due on loans to membership 5.26 

Cash on hand in treasury. . 61.35 

1121.10 $121.10 
E. S. Smith* Local S. A T. 
Fargo Division — 

The following is a statement of the flower 
fund for year ending December 31, 1917 : 


•Balance from Dec. 31st, 1917 $ 31.02 

Assessments received 1917 3S.00 

Interest on time deposit for $60.00. 
May to October, 1917, at 6 per cent 
interest 1.50 

Total receipts for year 1917 $ 70.62 

•This total brought from February, 1917, 
Secretary Meldahl's report. 


Check No. 6, flowers, Feb. 

19. 1917 $ 5.30 

Check No. 6, flowers. March 

12. 1917 1.25 

Disbursed $ 6.65 

Certified deposit No. 2674, 
date Oct. 19, 1917. to May 
19. 1918. on 6 per cent in- 
terest, amount of certiflcate 60.00 

Cash in checking fund 3.97 

Total disbursements, cash 
and time deposit 63.97 

Total $ 70.52 

M. L. Hbtslbr^ L. C. Treasurer. 

H. C. Dauphihais, Secretary. 

The 1918 assessment is due, and wish you 
would kindly remit to the local chairman 
at Deisem. One more assessment is all that 
is expected to be ihade, and it is then pos- 
sible that the interest will carry aJU ex- 

Local Chairman Hetzler has the new Jan- 
uary, 1918. seniority lists, and same can be 
had by mailing him 10c at Deisem. The 
ten cents is merely sufficient to cover the 
cost of the list, but the amount will be 
placed in the flower fund for all lists sold, 
HELP OUT THE CAUSE. The quicker the 
fund is sufficient to maintain Itself, the 
sooner the assessments will cease. It is al- 
most positive that but one more assessment 
will be made, and that for 1919, when the 
fuf&d in all probability will care for itself. 

The new Sunday overtime is a departure 
fn^ all our former rules, and is rather com- 
plicated, so in order to avoid any disputes 
it is advisable to correspond with your chair- 
man when in doubt as to the application. 

Bro. Frey. at Sheldon, has gone into busi- 
ness for himself; relieved by Brother Farn- 
ham, of Casseltpn. 

Bro. Barnes, at Coopers town (relieved by 
Opsahl>, is another one of our brothers who 
has forsaken the key for other pursuits of 

Bro. Jones relieved at Nome by non Her- 
zog; went to Sheldon, thence to Casselton, 
third regular. 

No word has been heard from the Coopers- 
town branch for some time, but presume the 
brothers are all alive. 

Bro. Schmidt, at Kathryn, reports that 
there are still some "NONS" on the Cassel- 
ton branch. We thought the H. C. L. would 
drive them out of existence, but not so. 

Bro. Pat Nahan is telegraphing at Towers 
City. It will soon be Brother R. B. Lewis 
at Lamoure. 

Bro. Taylor, at Alta, recently gave us a 
new applicant to our ranks, and we wish 
to welcome Sister F. D. Taylor. Not saying 
anything detrimental about our worthy 
brothers, but from experience I am begin- 
ning to And that our lady telegraphers make 
every bit as steady members as the men. 

Time a few more were waking up with 
the splendid work that has been done for 
them the past year. I have found, from 
personal experience, that the man who does 
not care for his own interest is one of the 
poorest men for the company's interest. 
"Hit the ball," or you will be flnding that 
the company will be putting another man in 
your place that will do so, as we have a 
schedule that will aid them in securing A- 
No. 1 men, and the general committee de- 
mands that you make yourself efficient in 
order to back up their demands. 

Cert. 690. 

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The Railroad Teleg 

Lake Superior Division — 

Bro. R. B. Maupin, who bid in second 
McGregor, was relieved at Cromwell by Bro. 
P. J. Crawford, from Willow River. On 
account of being unable to secure living 
quarters, Bro. Crawford was obliged to give 
up Cromwell, and it was bid In by W. EX 
Johnson, a new man. 

Bro. W. E. Firth, extra "DU," relieved 
OsUe, third Deerwood, on sick leave. 

Bro. Darby Gray is relieving at Pillager 
during the absence of agent, BrO. Trum- 

Bro. Thomas, of Rush City, and Bros. C. 
L. Wallace and A. F. Garner, of Hinckley, 
arfi newly initiated members of 1918. There 
are several more good prospects in sight. 
Most of the boys spent New Year's flgurin& 
out what the Sunday overtime rule would 
mean to them, which proved an interestimg 
puzzle at flrst, and a very agreeable sur- 

Santa Claus visited the home of Bro. and 
Mrs. W. J. Hoffman and left them a nice 
little girl on Christmas day. 

H. A. Knedel^ Div. Cor. 

Southern Ry., Div. No. 59. 
Mobile. Division — 

You cannot expect your local chairman, 
with his other duties, to do it all. 

A few things have happened recently that 
has called my attention to the very great 
importance of "Flower Fund," ^s«rhich I wrote 
about some months ago. Take the Funder- 
burk case; here was a brother unfortunately 
thrown on us without money or friends, ex- 
cept his card. We had no funds, and only 
for the prompt action of a few brothers 
who happened to be on the ground, no doubt 
that this brother would have suffered for 
the want of attention, and no doubt from 
humiliation. These kind hearted brothers 
cannot be on hand to help every unfortunate,, 
neither can they be expected to pay these 
bills while a collection is being taken up, 
which takes the valuable time of the brothers 
soliciting. While the brothers respond to 
an appeal of this kind promptly, almost 
unanimously and most liberally, it would be 
much better if we had a fund on hand avail- 
able at all times. This fund could be kept 
up by a small contribution of fifty cents a 
month, payable in January and each suc- 
ceeding three months. Fifty cents a month 
will not break you and would add much to 
the dignity of the Order. 

Twice this month it has fallen to our sad* 
lot to send flowers to the graves of parents 
of two of our good brothers. Fortunately 
there was enough money on hand left over 
from the Funderburk fund to pay for these 
flowers, but it necessitated a call on the 
brothers for money to replace this fund so 
as to be in a position to administer to the 

next \ 

ing to aavance in© money, ana men wan 
for another solicitation; each of which haa 
to be handled by some big hearted local 
conductor, or worse, burden the wires. 
Think the matter over, brothers, aiid if this 
plan meets with your approval, which I am 
sure it does, but has not been given the 
proper oonsideration, make your remittance 
to Brother R. G. Bulloch, 12 Union Street, 
Selma, Ala., who has kindly consented to 
act as treasurer, and who is in a more cen- 
tral location to make disbursements than 
your local chairman. Brother Bulloch will 
keep a strict account of all moneys received 
and paid out, making a report to me and 
the assistant local chairman qu